The Right to Development - Report of the Special Rapporteur (A/HRC/36/49) [EN/AR]

Report
from UN Human Rights Council
Published on 02 Aug 2017 View Original

Note by the Secretariat

In its resolution 33/14, the Human Rights Council established the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the right to development for a period of three years, and requested that the Special Rapporteur report annually to the Council and the General Assembly.

The Council appointed Saad Alfarargi as Special Rapporteur on the right to development at its thirty-fourth session and he formally took up his role on 1 May 2017.

In his report, drafted in the short period after his entering into office, the Special Rapporteur outlines his preliminary views concerning the background and context of the mandate, highlights certain challenges for its implementation and presents an outline of the preliminary strategy that will inform his work under the mandate, including strategic considerations that he will take into account and specific work streams. The report also includes the Special Rapporteur’s approach to engagement with stakeholders, as well as his methods of work

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to development

I. Introduction

  1. The Human Rights Council, in its resolution 33/14, decided to appoint a Special Rapporteur on the right to development. In section VI below, the Special Rapporteur outlines the main focus areas of the mandate set out in the resolution. In the same resolution the Council, among other things:

(a) Invited all Governments to cooperate fully with the Special Rapporteur in the performance of the tasks and duties mandated, including by providing all necessary information requested, and to give due consideration to the recommendations of the mandate holder;

(b) Encouraged relevant bodies of the United Nations system, within their respective mandates, including United Nations specialized agencies, funds and programmes, relevant international organizations, including the World Trade Organization and relevant stakeholders, including civil society organizations, to give due consideration to the right to development in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to contribute further to the work of the Working Group on the Right to Development, and to cooperate with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Rapporteur in the fulfilment of their mandates with regard to the implementation of the right to development.

  1. At its thirty-fourth session, the Human Rights Council appointed Saad Alfarargi as Special Rapporteur on the right to development for a period of three years. The Special Rapporteur took up his functions on 1 May 2017.

  2. After taking up his functions, the Special Rapporteur conducted a round of introductory exchanges with States, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations agencies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders, seeking inputs to help further develop his vision, methods of work and focus areas. Numerous inputs were received; the Special Rapporteur is very grateful to all who have contributed to and participated in these consultations to date and is looking forward to continuing to work with them.

  3. The present report was drafted during the short period after the Special Rapporteur entered into office. In the report the Special Rapporteur presents his preliminary views concerning the background and context of the mandate, highlights certain challenges for its implementation and outlines the preliminary strategy that will inform his work under the mandate, including strategic considerations that he will take into account and specific work streams. The report also includes the Special Rapporteur’s approach to engagement with stakeholders, the overarching considerations for his mandate and a description of his methods of work.