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Right to Development

“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


DEVELOPMENT IS A HUMAN RIGHT FOR ALL


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.