"We, heads of State and Government, …
are committed to making the right to development a reality for everyone and to freeing the entire human race from want."

(UN Millennium Declaration) 


From the United Nations Declaration on Right to Development (1986), Article 1:
"The right to development is an inalienable human right by virtue of which every human person and all peoples are entitled to participate in, contribute to, and enjoy economic, social, cultural and political development, in which all human rights and fundamental freedoms can be fully realized".

The right to development was declared thirty years ago but yet its implementation lags very much behind.

We live in a globalised era and an interdependent world. The recurring economic and financial crises, the climate changes, the food crises and increased inequities between and within countries re- emphasize the relevance of the right to development and the need for its implementation. The need to progress in the consolidation of the principles of solidarity, collective and shared responsibility, with due respect for the sovereignty of peoples and effective international cooperation without conditionalities as well as the need to find a balance between the national and international responsibilities becomes more and more imperative.

The Declaration on RTD, includes constituent elements such as:

  • People-centred development. 
  • A human rights-based approach. 
  • Participation. 
  • Equity. 
  • Non-discrimination. 
  • Self-determination.

Equally explicit are the prescriptions provided by the Declaration for the implementation of this right, among them:

  • The formulation of appropriate national and international development policies
  • Effective international cooperation
  • Reforms at the national and international levels
  • Removal of obstacles to development, including, inter alia, human rights violations, racism, colonialism, occupation and aggression
  • Promotion of peace and disarmament, and the redirecting of savings generated therefrom to development

APG23 in its committment to be voice of the voiceless, actively contributes to the Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group on RTD and advocates on the urgency of implementing such a fundamental right. Furthermore, APG23 coordinates the working group on RTD in the Geneva forum of Catholic Inspired NGOS.

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29 March 2017
The 9th march 2017 during the 34th session of the Human Rights Council (February 27 to March 24) a panel was held among a group of experts and delegations from all states. The theme of the round table was ...
04 May 2016
The APG23's office in Geneva these days has been committed to follow the work of the 17th session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Right to Development which was held in Geneva in room XVI...
29 February 2016
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 ...
13 September 2013
A Parallel Event entitled “Right To Development and Post-2015 Agenda” was hold on the 13th of September 2013 in conjunction with the 24th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council. On t...

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