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Summary of issues in focus

Since assuming the position, the current Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt has given specific attention to the following issues. (All the reports listed below are available at: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Development/IEDebt/Pages/AnnualReports.aspx)

MDG 8 - Global partnership for development: Lessons for the post 2015 development framework of the United Nations. Report of the Independent Expert to the General Assembly, October 2013 (A/68/542)

Assessment of the human rights impact of international debt relief initiatives Report of the Independent Expert to the Human Rights Cocuncil, May 2013 (A/HRC/23/37)

Non-repatriation of illicit funds and human rights: Interim report by the Independent Expert to the Human Rights Council, March 2013 (A/HRC/22/42)

Foreign debt and women's rights: The Independent Expert focussed his 2012 report to the General Assembly on the impact of debt on women’s rights. (A/67/304).

Export credit agencies: In his 2011 report to the General Assembly, the Independent Expert explores the impact of export credit agencies-supported activities on sustainable development and the realization of human rights (A/66/271).

International trade, debt and human rights: The Independent Expert presented his findings and recommendations on the linkages between international trade, debt and human rights in a report to the General Assembly in 2010 (A/65/260 and A/65/260/Corr.1).

Vulture funds and human rights: The Independent Expert studies the impact of vulture funds litigations on the enjoyment of human rights in his 2010 report to the Human Rights Council to (A/HRC/14/21).

Illegitimate debt and human rights: In his 2009 report to the General Assembly, the Independent Expert explores the issue of creditor co-responsibility for what is termed “illegitimate debt,” given the recognition in the Monterrey Consensus that creditor and debtor countries are both equally responsible for preventing and resolving unsustainable debt situations (A/64/289).

Conceptual framework for foreign debt and human rights: The Independent Expert presents a conceptual framework for understanding the connection between foreign debt and human rights (based on international legal standards) and examines the value of a human rights-based approach to foreign debt in his 2009 report to the Human Rights Council (A/HRC/11/10).