“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

Right to Development

Development is a Human Right

Realizing the Right to Development

Essays in Commemoration of 25 Years of
the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development

In commemoration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development, and with a view to advancing broader understanding of this right, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has completed work on a landmark publication –“Realizing the Right to Development: Essays in Commemoration of 25 Years of the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development. The publication presents a wide range of in-depth analytical studies by more than 30 international experts covering the context, meaning and application of the right to development. It annotates, elucidates and celebrates the right to development, its evolution, multiple dimensions and usefulness as a development paradigm in the current and future global context.

Built around the themes of Situating - , Understanding - , Cooperating for - and Implementing - the Right to Development, the contributions to this volume not only clarify the meaning and status of this right but survey the most salient challenges—based on actual development practice—to its transformative potential. These studies give specific attention to the principles underlying this right, namely, active, free and meaningful participation in development; equality, non-discrimination and fair distribution of its benefits; self-determination and full sovereignty over natural wealth and resources; the rule of law and good governance; human rights-based approaches to development; global governance and reform; and social justice and equity, especially with regard to poverty, women and indigenous peoples. Further, these principles are applied to the issues of aid, debt, trade, technology transfer, intellectual property, access to medicines and climate change in the context of international cooperation, solidarity and the global partnership for development. Finally, several chapters review the proposals to monitor progress and enhance institutional support for implementing the Right to Development.

The contributions support the concept of an enabling environment for development that would ensure freedom from want and freedom from fear for all. They illustrate the transformative potential of the right to development and its relevance more than 25 years after the adoption of the Declaration and make the case for reinvigorating this right in order to realize its added value to advancing human rights, development, and peace and security in an interdependent, fragile and changing world, including in the post-2015 agenda for sustainable development.

Navanethem Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, provided the foreword to this publication.

See below on how to obtain a copy of the book.

OHCHR launched the publication at two events on the theme of ‘Realizing a Vision for Transformative Development’:

Geneva, Switzerland, 4 December 2013

New York, USA, 9 December 2013

How to obtain a copy of the book

The book contains some 500 pages and is available in English only. A copy of the book costs USD 49 and can be ordered through https://unp.un.org

The soft version of the book is available free of charge online and in USB cards which can be obtained upon request to e-mail: R2D@ohchr.org.

For translation, printing and further dissemination of this book in other languages, permission should be sought from the United Nations via https://unp.un.org/Rights.aspx

A short introduction presenting key components of the book is available in all six official UN languages: A | C | E | F | S | R

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