The twentieth session of the Working Group on the Right to Development


Interactive dialogue with experts on the implementation and realization of the right to development, including the implications of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


Session 1: The implementation and realization of the right to development and the implications of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Vicente Yu (Coordinator of the Global Governance for Development Programme, The South Centre)
Contemporary challenges for the realization of the right to development and the SDGs

Regina Asariotis (Senior Legal Affairs Officer and Chief of the Policy and Legislation Section (Trade Logistics Branch), Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD)
Climate change impacts - some of the key related challenges for implementation of the SDGs in SIDS

Raúl Torres (Counsellor, Development Division, WTO)
Mainstreaming trade to attain the SDGs

Sanya Reid Smith (The Third World Network Geneva)
A civil society perspective on the potential of trade for achieving sustainable development


Session 2: The right to development, empowerment, inclusiveness and equality

Susan Mathews (Human Rights Officer, OHCHR)
Potential and pitfalls of digital trade for development in Africa

Meskerem Geset Techane (Member of the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice)
Eliminating discrimination against women – a legal duty and enabler for achieving the SDGs

Chiara Mariotti (Inequality Policy Manager, Oxfam)
Global inequality, the Achilles’ heel of the right to development

Melik Özden (Director, Centre Europe - tiers monde)
Why the right to development is crucial for empowerment of the people and their participation in decision-making on development policies