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“We, heads of State and Government, … are committed to making the right to development a reality for everyone and to freeing the entire human race from want.”
UN Millennium Declaration

Right to Development

30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DECLARATION ON THE RIGHT TO DEVELOPMENT



Documents on Development and Human Rights

Archive of selected documents:

The Working Group of Governmental Experts on the Right to Development (1981-1989) was set up, inter alia, to study the scope and contents of the right to development and the most effective means to ensure the realization in all countries, of the economic, social and cultural rights enshrined in various international instruments, paying particular attention to the obstacles encountered by developing countries in their efforts to secure the enjoyment of human rights; to prepare concrete proposals for a draft Declaration on the Right to Development; and to identify proposals aimed at further enhancement and implementation of the Declaration. Reports of the Working Group:

The Open-Ended Working Group of Governmental Experts on the Right to Development (1993-1995) was set up, inter alia, to identify obstacles to the implementation and realization of the Declaration on the Right to Development; to recommend ways and means towards the realization of the right to development by all States; to formulate, for early consideration by the United Nations General Assembly, comprehensive and effective measures to eliminate the above-mentioned obstacles; and to suggest concrete measures to promote an international economic environment which is more responsive to the needs of the developing countries, particularly the least developed among them. Reports of the Working Group:

The Inter-Governmental Group of Experts on the Right to Development (1996-1997) was set up, inter alia, to elaborate a strategy for the implementation and promotion of the right to development, as set forth in the Declaration on the Right to Development, in its integrated and multidimensional aspects; to explore ways and means for the promotion of international cooperation, dialogue and partnership for the realization of the right to development; and to give due consideration to the possibility of establishing a follow-up mechanism, or enhancing existing ones, to the Declaration on the Right to Development. Reports of the Working Group:

The Intergovernmental Open-ended Working Group on the Right to Development (1998-present) was set up to monitor and review progress made in the promotion and implementation of the right to development as elaborated in the Declaration on the Right to Development, at the national and international levels, providing recommendations thereon and further analyzing obstacles to its full enjoyment, focusing each year on specific commitments in the Declaration; to review reports and any other information submitted by States, United Nations agencies, other relevant international organizations and non-governmental organizations on the relationship between their activities and the right to development; and to present for the consideration of the Commission on Human Rights a sessional report on its deliberations, including advice to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) with regard to the implementation of the right to development, and suggesting possible programmes of technical assistance at the request of interested countries with the aim of promoting the implementation of the right to development. Reports of the Working Group.

The Independent Expert on the Right to Development (1998-2004) The mandate of the Independent Expert on the Right to Development was established in 1998 as part of a follow-up mechanism to the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development with a mandate to present to the intergovernmental Working Group on the Right to Development at each of its sessions a study on the current state of progress in the implementation of the right to development as a basis for a focused discussion. The mandate was replaced in 2004 by the high-level task force on the right to development. Reports of the Independent Expert:

  • First report of the Independent Expert on the Right to Development - study on the current state of progress in the implementation of the right to development (E/CN.4/1999/WG.18/2)
  • Second report of the Independent Expert on the Right to Development (A/55/306)
  • Third report of the Independent Expert on the Right to Development (E/CN.4/2001/WG.18/2)
  • Fourth report of the Independent Expert on the Right to Development (E/CN.4/2002/WG.18/2)
  • Report on the mission to the OECD, the UK, the IMF, the World Bank, the USA and the Netherlands (E/CN.4/2002/WG.18/2/Add.1)
  • Fifth report of the Independent Expert on the Right to Development - Frameworks for development cooperation and the right to development (E/CN.4/2002/WG.18/6)
  • Report on the mission to Sweden (E/CN.4/2002/WG.18/6/Add.1)
  • Preliminary study of the Independent Expert on the Right to Development on the impact of international economic and financial issues on the enjoyment of human rights (E/CN.4/2003/WG.18/2)
  • Review of progress and obstacles in the promotion, implementation, operationalization, and enjoyment of the right to development - Consideration of the sixth report of the independent expert on the right to development
    - Implementing the right to development in the current global context (E/CN.4/2004/WG.18/2)
  • Country studies on the right to development - Argentina, Chile and Brazil (E/CN.4/2004/WG.18/3)