Special Rapporteur on the right to development


The United Nations Human Rights Council in resolution 33/14, adopted on 29 September 2016, decided to appoint a Special Rapporteur on the right to development. According to the resolution, the Special rapporteur’s mandate includes:

(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 revitalized 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 maximizing 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 specialized agencies, funds and programmes, relevant international organizations, including the World Trade Organization and relevant stakeholders, including civil society organizations, 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.”

In the discharge of the mandate the Special Rapporteur:

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Call for submissions: The right to development and disaster risk reduction

Report on a right to development perspective to South-South cooperation A/73/271

Leave no one behind- side-event, 39th session, Human Rights Council

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to development A/HRC/39/51

Call for Information – Country visit to Cabo Verde, 12-21 November 2018
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Information note on Initiating discussions on human rights compliant development policies

Statement to the China South-South Human Rights Forum, Beijing 7-8 December 2017

Listen the interview of the Special Rapporteur


SR on the Right to Development - An introduction on the mandate 
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Special Rapporteur

Mr. Saad Alfarargi
(Egypt), since March 2017

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