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Call for Inputs for the country visit to Costa Rica

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Special Procedures


23 June 2023

Purpose: Seeking information in preparation of the upcoming country visit to Costa Rica.


Tlaleng Mofokeng, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health is seeking information in preparation of her upcoming country visit to Costa Rica which will take place from 18 to 31 July 2023.

Pursuant to her mandate established by the Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur promotes the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. Especially, the Special Rapporteur has been mandated to pay attention to groups in vulnerable or marginalized situations, to apply a gender perspective, and to address the needs of children in the realization of the right to health. She is required to undertake one or two official visits per year. The official visits involve meetings with governments, IGOs and NGOs, and can include site visits – e.g. to prisons, clinics, or areas with particular health problems – and result in a report which include recommendations, and will be presented to the Human Rights Council.

The right to health is an inclusive right, extending not only to timely and appropriate health care, but also to the underlying determinants of health. These include an adequate supply of safe food, nutrition and housing; access to safe and potable water and adequate sanitation; health occupational and environmental conditions; and access to health-related education and information, including on sexual and reproductive health.

In accordance with the established practice of mandate-holders, the Special Rapporteur welcomes all relevant submissions that health related organisations and other stakeholders may wish to transmit for her consideration in preparation of this visit, such as:

  • Recent analytical reports or surveys relating to the mandate of the Special Rapporteur;
  • Information on relevant policies, programmes and legal framework;
  • Priority issues/concerns and situations that warrant the attention of the Special Rapporteur;
  • Suggestions on issues to examine and related locations to visit;
  • Contact information for organisations and civil society actors to meet in different locations.
Next Steps

Inputs may be sent by e-mail/fax/postal mail. They must be received by 23 June 2023.

Email address: [email protected]

Email subject line: Country Visit to Costa Rica – SR right to health

File formats: Word, PDF

Accepted languages: English, Spanish, French