In Search of dignity and Sustainable Development for all

A Side-Event to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Declaration on the Right to Development

A Side-Event to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Declaration on the Right to Development Organized by The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in collaboration with the United Nations mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica and the Forum of Catholic-Inspired NGOs

Monday, February 29 it's beginning at the UN Palace in Geneva the 31 session of the Umans Rights Council.
For the Geneva office will be four weeks of intense work ... as early as the first day of the Council.
Monday fact Dr. Rossi has been invited to participate as one of the speakers of a side event organized by OHCHR to celebrate the 30th anniversary the Declaration on the Right to Development.
In the event,  titled: "In Search of Dignity and Sustainable Development for All", Dr. Rossi will speak about the theme of the promotion of the right to development as instrument of social justice bringing the APG23's experience on the field and his 20 years as doctor missionary in Zambia.
Since the opening of the Geneva office in 2009, the right to development was one of the priorities; coordinating an entire work group at the Forum of Catholic-inspired NGOs, it has actively contributed to the work of the Inter-governmental Group for the implementation of the Right to Development always trying to bring the voice of the poor with whom we share life and struggling to eliminate the causes that prevent their development.
To know more you can see the session dedicated to the subject on our site ... where also find all the contributions and documents drawn up in recent years.

Objectives of the side event

  • To consider how operationalizing the Declaration on the Right to Development will create an environment conducive for the realization of the 2030 Agenda
  • To reflect on how the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can support the realization of the right to development
  • To discuss means to integrate, claim and build capacity on the right to development among local communities, and research and educational programmes  


Mr. Craig Mokhiber, Chief, Development, Economic and Social Issues Branch, OHCHR, will introduce, chair and moderate the session.

H. E. Mr. Zamir Akram, Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on the Right to Development and formerPermanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in Geneva, Future Steps towards the Right to Development after adoption of the 2030 Agenda’;

Dr. Mihir Kanade, Head of the Department of International Law and Human Rights and Director of the Human Rights Centre, United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE), Costa Rica, 'Advancing Peace, Rights and Well-being: A Right to Development Approach to SDGs as the Way Forward';

Dr. Priscilla Schwartz, Senior Lecturer in Law and Director, Energy and Natural Resources Law Programme, School of Business and Law, University of East London, UK, ‘Powering the Right to Development: Sustainable Energy in a Changing Climate’;

Dr. Maria Mercedes Rossi, Main representative of Association Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII (APG23) to the United Nations in Geneva and Representative of the Forum of Catholic – Inspired NGOs, Claiming the Right to Development for Social Justice in Development’.



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