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International Cooperation in Promoting the Right to Development
December 02,2016   By:chinahumanrights.org
International Cooperation in Promoting the Right to Development
 
Shambhu Ram SIMKHADA 
 
NEPAL 
 
The international community adopted the Right to Development as one of the important pillars of the global human rights agenda. I want to begin by thanking the government of the People's Republic of China for organizing this seminar to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration of the Right to Development and bringing us all to Beijing to reflect on its effective implementation. 
 
Those of you who have been dealing with the human rights agenda for long would remember that in the year 2000, the turn of the Century, Millennium, the UNDP Human Development Report was devoted to Human Rights. As the Chair of the UN's Human Rights Commission (now known as Human Rights Council) I was invited by the UNDP to launch that report in a grand ceremony in Tokyo. In the beginning of its Fourth Chapter the report raises a serious question that remains valid even today. The torture of a single individual raises unmitigated public outrage. Yet the deaths of more than 30,000 children a day from mainly preventable causes go almost unnoticed. Why? The Report comes up with its own answer - "Because, these children are invisible in poverty (italics mine). The Report further states, eradicating poverty is more than a major development challenge - it is a human rights challenge.