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This side event sought to raise awareness about and strengthen knowledge of the impact of unilateral coercive measures on people’s enjoyment of their right to development, as well as on programmes under the United Nations umbrella in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
This side event was organized at the initiative of the Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, Professor Alena Douhan.
The Special Rapporteur would like to invited all interested parties to a side event within the margins of the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council, on the impacts of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, with a focus on the consequences for and impediments to the right to development as well as the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The event featured a panel of experts in the field of the right to development, and those working on implementation of the 2030 agenda of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the 169 associated targets1, which include inter alia the eradication of poverty and hunger, reaching the highest possible level of healthcare and combatting inequalities within and among countries. The side event also focused on strides and challenges caused by unilateral sanctions and over-compliance in achieving sustainable development in its three dimensions – economic, humanitarian and environmental – in a balanced and integrated manner.
In line with HRC resolutions 27/21 and 45/5, the expected outcome of the side event, in the form of an evidence-based assessment and related recommendations, will assist the Special Rapporteur: i) to collect stakeholders’ experiences on the impacts of unilateral coercive measures on lasting national and regional development; ii) to build cooperation with stakeholders working on issues of development and implementation of SDGs; iii) to assess impediments due to unilateral coercive measures, secondary sanctions and over-compliance2 to the implementation of development and SDG-related agendas at both the national and international levels.
2 On the issue of secondary sanctions and over-compliance please see the Special Rapporteur’s thematic report to the 51st session of the Human Rights Council, at https://www.ohchr.org/en/documents/thematic-reports/ahrc5133-secondary-sanctions-civil-and-criminal-penalties-circumvention
3 See the press release on “Unilateral sanctions impinge on right to development” https://www.ohchr.org/en/press-releases/2021/08/unilateral-sanctions-impinge-right-development-un-experts?LangID=E&NewsID=27373, 11 August 2021, as well as on “Unilateral sanctions hurt all, especially women, children and other vulnerable groups – UN human rights expert” https://www.ohchr.org/en/press-releases/2021/12/unilateral-sanctions-hurt-all-especially-women-children-and-other-vulnerable 08 December 2021.
The side event featured panel presentations by the invited experts, followed by Q&A session.
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