“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.”
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Right to Development


UN General Assembly event to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development

“The Right to Development at 25: Policy coherence in the global partnership for development”

8 November 2011, UN Headquarters, NY

As part of the global commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Right to Development in 2011, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) organized on 8 November 2011 a special event at the UN General Assembly on “The Right to Development at 25: Policy coherence in the global partnership for development”.

The commemorative meeting provided with an opportunity to:

  • Reflect on the Declaration on the Right to Development which builds on the foundations of the UN system and the three interlinked pillars of the UN Charter - peace and security, human rights and development - to explore the way forward to ensuring freedom from want and freedom from fear for all;

  • Consider how the right to development which emerged out of the historical context of de-colonization and independence, can equally address challenges posed by the contemporary context of globalization and interdependence, and how it can be mainstreamed across the UN system and beyond;

  • Facilitate dialogue among the First, Second and Third Committees, UN system bodies and agencies and other stakeholders especially civil society organizations, on development as a human right in the broader context of globalization, global, regional and national governance, international cooperation and solidarity;

  • Discuss the relationship between the right to development, and the major objectives, programmes and activities across the UN-system;

  • Exchange views on how system-wide coherence in policy and practice can be promoted in the implementation of the right to development and how synergy and convergence can be enhanced by States acting both individually and collectively.

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