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The high-level task force on the implementation of the right to development was established by the Commission on Human Rights, in its resolution 2004/7, and the Economic and Social Council, by its decision 2004/249, at the recommendation and within the framework of the intergovernmental Working Group on the Right to Development. The purpose of the task force was to provide the necessary expertise to the Working Group to enable it to make appropriate recommendations to the various actors on the issues identified for the implementation of the right to development.
The task force initially examined the obstacles and challenges to the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals in relation to the right to development; social impact assessments in the areas of trade and development at the national and international levels; and best practices in the implementation of the right to development. Thereafter, the task force examined Millennium Development Goal 8, on a global partnership for development, which led to development of criteria for evaluation of global partnerships (see below the list of the partnerships reviewed by the Task Force) with the aim to improve their effectiveness in support of the realisation of the right to development.
The Working Group decided in 2009 to expand the scope of the criteria and requested the task force to revise them in order that they “address the essential features of the right to development… including priority concerns of the international community beyond those enumerated in Millennium Development Goal 8”.
Consequently and in conclusion of its mandate, the task force submitted to the Working Group the criteria and operational-sub-criteria for the implementation of the right to development. With the purpose of translating the right to development from political commitment to development practice, the criteria were designed to serve as an operational tool to:
Members of the High-level Task Force
The task force was comprised of five independent experts nominated by the Chairperson of the Working Group on the Right to Development in consultation with the regional groups of member States, and representatives from international trade, finance and development institutions.
The composition of the task force included:
Global partnerships reviewed from RTD perspective
Millennium Development Goal 8, with its focus on international cooperation, is consistent with international responsibilities outlined in the Declaration on the Right to Development. Consequent to the Working Group recommendations, the task force assessed the following multilateral institutions or mechanisms from the RTD perspective:
Access to essential medicines
Transfer of technology