A/75/163: Final report of the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Dainius Pūras
16 July 2020
The present report is the final report of Dainius Pūras to the General Assembly in his capacity as the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.
The original vision for the present report was to bring together the key themes explored during his tenure, providing a retrospective look at key right-to-health elements explored and extended during the past six years. That vision has evolved, given the global health and human rights crises that have emerged from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in 2020. As the appointed independent expert of the United Nations on the right to health, the Special Rapporteur finds it both relevant and necessary to provide formal comments on the pandemic, which must be considered from a right-to-health perspective.
The key themes of the Special Rapporteur’s work, underpinning his reports, country visits and other interventions, provide an important lens through which to view the fragile socioeconomic and political institutions of the global community, which have been further undermined by COVID-19. However, the pandemic and observations arising throughout the Special Rapporteur’s tenure of the mandate provide him with reason for hope that emerges from the power of participatory democracy and solidarity and the ongoing strength and resilience of the collective humanity during challenging crises and unjust expressions of power. The most effective “vaccine” for global health challenges has been and will always be the full realization of all human rights, including the promotion of physical and mental health through the meaningful participation and empowerment of all people.