UN expert urges agencies to put right to development at center of their work
September 15,2017 By:Xinhua
September 15, 2017 -- A UN human rights expert on Thursday urged the international society to make the right to development a reality for everyone, warning that the right to development is far from being universally recognized and even further from full implementation.
"All UN agencies, including development agencies, financial and trade institutions, should put the right to development at the center of their work," Said Alfarargi, the first UN Special Rapporteur on the right to development, said.
In his maiden report to the Human Rights Council, Alfarargi said that more than 30 years after the right to development was established in a UN declaration, millions of people around the world are living with the consequences of the failure to deliver it.
People in Africa, in the world's least developed countries, and in developing countries that were either landlocked or small islands were losing out the most, he added.
"The international community can not even agree on exactly what the right to development meant, or how to measure progress, and the issue has become increasingly politicized," he said.
According to him, this political divide has resulted in a low level of engagement of UN agencies and civil society in promoting, protecting and fulfilling the right to development.
"Too many people are unaware that the right to development even exists. We need to raise this low level of awareness and make sure they are all fully engaged in implementing it," he stressed.