About the mandate for the right to development

When establishing the mandate of the Special Rapporteur, the Human Rights Council emphasised the urgent need to make the right to development a reality for everyone also in light of the continuing political debates and controversies surrounding the interpretation and implementation of the 1986 Declaration on the Right to Development.

  • (a) Contributing to the promotion, protection and fulfilment of the right to development in the context of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, and to this effect engaging with Member States and other stakeholders and participating in relevant international meetings and conferences;
  • (b) Engaging and supporting efforts to mainstream the right to development among various United Nations bodies, development agencies, international development, financial and trade institutions, and submitting proposals aimed at strengthening the revitalised global partnership for sustainable development from the perspective of the right to development;
  • (c) Contributing to the work of the Working Group on the Right to Development, with a view to supporting the accomplishment of its overall mandate, taking into account, inter alia, the deliberations and recommendations of the Working Group, while avoiding any duplication;
  • (d) Submitting studies requested by the Human Rights Council in accordance with its mandate;
  • (e) Submitting an annual report to the Human Rights Council and to the General Assembly covering all activities relating to the mandate with a view to maximising the benefits of the reporting process.

In the same resolution the Human Rights Council:

“Invites all Governments to cooperate fully with the Special Rapporteur in the performance of the tasks and duties mandated, including by providing all necessary information requested, and to give due consideration to the recommendations of the mandate holder;

[…]Encourages relevant bodies of the United Nations system, within their respective mandates, including United Nations specialised agencies, funds and programmes, relevant international organisations, including the World Trade Organization and relevant stakeholders, including civil society organisations, to give due consideration to the right to development in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to contribute further to the work of the Working Group, and to cooperate with the High Commissioner and the Special Rapporteur in the fulfilment of their mandates with regard to the implementation of the right to development.”