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Realizing the Right to Development

Essays in Commemoration of 25 Years of the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development

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This book is devoted to the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development. It contains a collection of analytical studies of various aspects of the right to development, which include the rule of law and good governance, aid, trade, debt, technology transfer, intellectual property, access to medicines and climate change in the context of an enabling environment at the local, regional and international levels. It also explores the issues of poverty, women and indigenous peoples within the theme of social justice and equity. The book considers the strides that have been made over the years in measuring progress in implementing the right to development and possible ways forward to make the right to development a reality for all in an increasingly fragile, interdependent and ever-changing world.

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Overview of United Nations mechanisms on the right to development

The United Nations has played a key role throughout in the emergence and progressive development of the right to development both prior to and following the adoption of the Declaration on the Right to Development. It has supported a series of expert mechanisms: the Working Group of Governmental Experts on the Right to Development (1981-1989), with a mandate to study the scope and content of the right to development and the most effective means to ensure the realization of economic, social and cultural rights (during its first nine sessions the Working Group played an active role in drafting the Declaration, which was eventually amended and adopted by the General Assembly); the open-ended Working Group of Governmental Experts on the Right to Development (1993-1995), with a mandate to identify obstacles to the implementation and realization of the Declaration and to recommend ways and means towards the realization of the right to development by all States; and the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on the Right to Development (1996-1997), with a mandate, inter alia, to elaborate a strategy for the implementation and promotion of the right to development and to elaborate concrete and practical measures for the implementation and promotion of the right to development.

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