Annual thematic reports of the Special Rapporteur on the right to development

The Special Rapporteur submits annual thematic reports to the Human Rights Council (HRC) and to the General Assembly (GA). Thematic reports document the Special Rapporteur’s findings on particular topics and provide guidance and recommendations for UN member States, civil society organisations and other stakeholders.

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2020 Financing for development - international level

In this thematic report, the Special Rapporteur explores the international dimensions of financing for development policies and practices from the perspective of the right to development. He highlights four key areas. The first is participation, consent and access to information in the practices of multilateral development banks and development finance institutions. Key principles such as free, prior and informed consent and practices such as environmental impact assessments and meaningful consultation processes are assessed. The second key area is domestic and international resource mobilization, which includes such matters as illicit financial flows, official development assistance and public-private partnerships. The third area covered is international cooperation as a key principle in both financing for development and the right to development, with a focus on the intergovernmental dialogues on financing for development being held under the aegis of the United Nations, tax cooperation and financial lending. Fourth, international and multilateral responses to the global economic impacts of the unprecedented coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic are surveyed. The Special Rapporteur concludes with recommendations on integrating principles of participation, free, prior and informed consent and access to information into development finance policies and practices, as well as tackling the challenges relating to domestic and international resource mobilization, public-private partnerships and financial assistance in the context of both responding to the global pandemic and implementing the 2030 Agenda.

A/75/167
2020 Financing for development

In this thematic report, the Special Rapporteur examines national-level financing for development practices from the perspective of the right to development. He highlights good practices and reviews challenges in ensuring the meaningful participation of rights holders. He concludes with recommendations on integrating the right to development into the areas of resource mobilization, tax policies, participation and access to information.

A/HRC/45/15

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2019 Disaster risk reduction

In this thematic report, the Special Rapporteur explores the explicit link between the right to development and disaster risk reduction and its practical implications. The report concludes with key recommendations aimed at improving the participatory processes related to the planning, monitoring and implementation of disaster risk reduction measures and policies.

A/74/163

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2019 Guidelines and recommendations on the practical implementation of the right to development

In this report, the Special Rapporteur presents guidelines and recommendations on the practical implementation of the right to development arising from the regional consultations on that topic held in 2018 and 2019. The report also contains a summary of the activities carried out by the Special Rapporteur since September 2018.

A/HRC/42/38

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2018 Inequality and the right to development

The report explores the connection between the right to development and equality, the consequences of inequalities within countries on the enjoyment of the right to development and provides recommendations on contributing to the promotion, protection and fulfilment of the right to development in the context of the implementation of the equality related goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

A/HRC/39/51

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2018 South-South cooperation and the right to development

In this report, the Special Rapporteur explores the link between South-South cooperation, sustainable development and the right to development. He highlights concrete examples of good practices in advancing inclusive sustainable development and human rights through South-South cooperation. The report concludes with recommendations to leverage the full potential of South-South cooperation.

A/73/271

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2017 Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to development

In this report, drafted in the short period after entering into office, the Special Rapporteur outlines his preliminary views concerning the background and context of the mandate, highlights certain challenges for its implementation and presents an outline of the preliminary strategy that will inform his work under the mandate. The report also includes the Special Rapporteur’s approach to engagement with stakeholders, and methods of work.

A/HRC/36/49

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2017 Right to development- Note by the Secretariat

Given the brief period since his appointment and the timing of the reporting cycle, the Special Rapporteur intends for his report to the Human Rights Council to be a submission also to the General Assembly. The Secretariat therefore has the honour to refer the Assembly to that report.

A/72/163