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.



The right to development in practice: Provisional lessons learned

This chapter is based on the “Consolidation of findings of the high-level task force on the implementation of the right to development” (A/HRC/15/WG.2/TF/2/Add.1) submitted by the task force to the Working Group on the Right to Development at the conclusion of its mandate in 2010, pursuant to the Group’s recommendation (A/HRC/12/28, para. 44). The Working Group decided in 2012 to “pursue, at its fourteenth session (2013), its work on the consideration of the draft operational sub-criteria” (A/HRC/21/19, para. 47). The consolidation of findings summarizes the main conclusions of the task force regarding the Millennium Development Goals, social impact assessments and five areas of global partnership as defined in goal 8 (development aid, trade, access to essential medicines, debt sustainability and transfer of technology), and then makes seven more general conclusions and recommendations.


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