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The Right to Development and Global Partnership for Development

Right to developmentThe United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development offers hope to the millions of people around the world who live in abject poverty. Indeed, the aspiration to make the right to development a reality for all is the foundation for the quest to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the internationally agreed global development goals.

The eight MDGs – to reduce poverty, hunger and disease and promote gender equality, education, environmental sustainability and global partnerships – are interrelated and to achieve them requires a partnership between developed and developing countries. This is articulated in Goal 8 which asserts the collective responsibility for international cooperation and assistance to achieve all the MDGs.

The effective implementation of the right to development requires meaningful global partnerships for development as well as human rights-based policy coherence and coordination at all levels. It requires the international community to create an enabling global environment free of structural impediments where developing countries have opportunities for active international economic activities. The right to development incorporates the principle of international cooperation along with the principles of transparency, equality, participation, accountability and non-discrimination. These principles should be followed at both the national and international levels.

ECOSOC special event on the right to development and global partnership for development

Special Event 12 July 2011On 12 July 2011, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) organized a special event on the right to development and global partnership for development in commemoration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Right to Development (click here for a background information on the event).

Recognizing the mandate of the High Commissioner to mainstream the right to development and to strengthen the global partnership for development between Member States, development agencies and the international development, financial and trade institutions as well as the role of the ECOSOC as the principal UN organ mandated to coordinate economic and social work of the fourteen United Nations specialized agencies, functional commissions and five regional commissions, the special event was designed to:

  • Discuss the relationship between the right to development, as outlined in the Declaration on the Right to Development, and the objectives, programmes and activities of development partners in the UN-system;
  • Facilitate dialogue with UN agencies on development as a human right;
  • Share views on how system-wide coherence in policy and action, responsibility and accountability, can be achieved in the implementation of the right to development;
  • Review how the promotion of the right to development and the achievement of MDG 8 can reinforce each other and how the UN system can use these synergies in the perspective of 2015 and beyond; and
  • Identify initiatives and key areas for future cooperation and coordination in implementing the right to development.

The special event was chaired by the Vice-President of the ECOSOC, H.E. Mr. Abulkalam Abdul Momen, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, and moderated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navanethem Pillay.

The President of the Human Rights Council, H.E. Ms. Laura Dupuy Lasserre, Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the UN Office in Geneva, as well as Professor Henry Shue, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Studies and Professor Emeritus of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University delivered keynote addresses, which were followed by an interactive dialogue and statements from the floor. The Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Mr. Sha Zukang, made closing remarks. 

Addresses and statements: