High-Level Task Force on the implementation of the right to development (2004-2010)

The high-level task force on the implementation of the right to development was established by the Commission on Human Rights, in its resolution 2004/7, and the Economic and Social Council, by its decision 2004/249, at the recommendation and within the framework of the intergovernmental Working Group on the Right to Development, in order to assist it in fulfilling its mandate.

The purpose of the task force was to provide the necessary expertise to the Working Group to enable it to make appropriate recommendations to the various actors on the issues identified for the implementation of the right to development.

The task force initially examined:

  • the obstacles and challenges to the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals in relation to the right to development;
  • social impact assessments in the areas of trade and development at the national and international levels;
  • best practices in the implementation of the right to development.

Thereafter, the task force examined Millennium Development Goal 8, on a global partnership for development, which led to development of criteria for evaluation of global partnerships with the aim to improve their effectiveness in support of the realisation of the right to development.

The Working Group decided in 2009 to expand the scope of the criteria and requested the task force to revise them in order that they “address the essential features of the right to development… including priority concerns of the international community beyond those enumerated in Millennium Development Goal 8”.

Consequently and in conclusion of its mandate, the task force submitted to the Working Group the criteria and operational-sub-criteria for the implementation of the right to development. With the purpose of translating the right to development from political commitment to development practice, the criteria were designed to serve as an operational tool to:

  • assess the extent to which States are individually and collectively taking steps to establish, promote and sustain national and international arrangements that create an enabling environment for the realisation of the right to development;
  • serve as a useful tool for stakeholders to assess the current state of the implementation of the right to development and facilitate its further realisation at the international and national levels;
  • contribute to mainstreaming the right to development in the policies and operational activities of relevant actors at the national, regional and international levels, including multilateral financial, trade and development institutions; and
  • evaluate the human rights implications of development and trade policies and programmes.

The task force was comprised of five independent experts nominated by the Chairperson of the Working Group on the Right to Development in consultation with the regional groups of member States, and representatives from international trade, finance and development institutions.

The composition of the task force included:

  • Ms. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (Liberia): 2004 (Chairperson)
  • Mr. Stephen Marks (United States of America): 2004 (member), 2005-2010 (Chairperson)
  • Mr. Arjun Sengupta (India): 2004
  • Mr. Silvio Baro Herrera (Cuba): 2004
  • Ms. Sabine von Schorlemer (Germany): 2004-2005
  • Mr. Leonardo Garnier Rimolo (Costa Rica): 2005
  • Mr. Habib Ouane (Mali): 2005
  • Ms. Solita Collas Monsod (Philippines): 2007
  • Ms. Margaret Sekaggya (Uganda): 2007-2008
  • Mr. Jorge Vargas Gonzalez (Colombia): 2007-2008
  • Mr. Nicolaas Schrijver (Netherlands): 2007-2010
  • Ms. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (Japan): 2009-2010
  • Mr. Raymond Atuguba (Ghana): 2009-2010
  • Ms. Flavia Piovesan (Brazil): 2009-2010

Reports and output from the High-Level Task Force on the implementation of the right to development


Sessions and reports

Technical mission reports

Consultancy studies, background and research papers

Sixth session

14–22 January 2010

  • A/HRC/15/WG.2/TF/CRP.1 (WIPO Development Agenda, Geneva, 13–17 July 2009)
  • A/HRC/15/WG.2/TF/CRP.2 (Access to essential medicines, Geneva, 19–24 June and 16 July 2009)
  • A/HRC/15/WG.2/TF/CRP.3, Rev.1 (Clean Development Mechanism, by Marcos Orellana)
  • A/HRC/15/WG.2/TF/CRP.4 (The right to development criteria, report on expert consultation, 17–18 December 2009)
  • A/HRC/15/WG.2/TF/CRP.5 (The right to development criteria, by Maria Green and Susan Randolph)

Fifth session

1–9 April 2009

  • A/HRC/12/WG.2/TF/CRP.1 (Access to essential medicines, Geneva, 12–13 November 2008)
  • A/HRC/12/WG.2/TF/CRP.2 (The Cotonou Agreement, Brussels, 25–26 March and 29–30 April 2009)
  • A/HRC/12/WG.2/TF/CRP.3/Rev.1 (The Cotonou Agreement, by Maria van Reisen)
  • A/HRC12/WG.2/TF/CRP.4/Rev.1 (The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and The Special Programme for Research and Training on Tropical Diseases, by James Love)
  • A/HRC/12/WG.2/TF/CRP.5/Rev.1 (WHO’s Intergovernmental Working Group on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property, by Lisa Forman)
  • A/HRC/12/WG.2/TF/CRP.6 (The right to development criteria, by Rajeev Malhotra)
  • A/HRC/12/WG.2/TF/CRP.7 (The right to development criteria, report on expert meeting, 27–29 January 2009)
  • A/HRC/12/WG.2/TF/CRP.7/Add.1 (Selected Bibliography)

Fourth session

7–15 January 2008

A/HRC/8/WG.2/TF/2

  • A/HRC/8/WG.2/TF/CRP.1 (The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, Paris, 13–14 September 2007)
  • A/HRC/8/WG.2/TF/CRP.2 (ECA-OECD DAC Mutual Review of Development Effectiveness, Paris, 13–14 September 2007, Addis Ababa, 12–16 October 2007)
  • A/HRC/8/WG.2/TF/CRP.3 (The African Peer Review Mechanism, Addis Ababa, 12–16 October 2007)
  • A/HRC/8/WG.2/TF/CRP.4 (The Cotonou Agreement, Brussels, 19–21 September 2007)
  • A/HRC/8/WG.2/TF/CRP.5 (The African Peer Review Mechanism and the ECA/OECD DAC Mutual Review of Development Effectiveness in the context of NEPAD, by Bronwen Manby)
  • A/HRC/8/WG.2/TF/CRP.6 (The Cotonou Agreement, by James Thuo Gathii)
  • A/HRC/8/WG.2/TF/CRP.7 (The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, by Roberto Bissio)

Third session

22–26 January 2007

A/HRC/4/WG.2/TF/2

 
  • A/HRC/4/WG.2/TF/CRP.1 (Background document on the criteria for periodic evaluation of global development partnerships from the perspective of the right to development: initial analyses of the ECA/OECD-DAC Mutual Review of Development Effectiveness in the context of NEPAD, the African Peer Review Mechanism and the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness)

Second session

14–18 November 2005

E/CN.4/2005/WG.18/TF/3

 
  • E/CN.4/2005/WG.18/TF/2 (Preliminary concept note: high level task force on the implementation of the right to development)
  • E/CN.4/2005/WG.18/TF/CRP.1 (The right to development and practical strategies for the implementation of the MDG, particularly Goal 8, by Fateh Azzam)
  • E/CN.4/2005/WG.18/TF/CRP.2 (Millennium Development Goal 8: indicators for monitoring implementation, by Sakiko Fukuda-Parr)
  • E/CN.4/2005/WG.18/TF/CRP.3 (Summary of submissions)

First session

13–17 December 2004

E/CN.4/2005/WG.18/2

 
  • HR/GVA/TF/RTD/2004/2 (Preliminary concept note: high-level task force on the implementation of the right to development)
  • Background paper “Millennium Development Goals and the right to development: issues, constraints and challenges”, by A.K. Shiva Kumar
  • Background paper “Social impact assessment in the areas of trade and development at the national and the international level”, by Robert Howse