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Approaches to Promoting the Right to Development
December 02,2016   By:chinahumanrights.org
Approaches to Promoting the Right to Development
 
ZHU Xiaoqing
 
CHINA
 
The right to development is a human right enshrined in international human rights instruments after a rather lengthy process. Its recognition in the Declaration on the Right to Development is of great importance for promoting its realization as a human right. Although not legally binding, the Declaration on the Right to Development has had impacts and occupied a status that cannot be ignored for the evolution of the right to development. It should be taken as a standard to be upheld and followed by countries around the world and the international community. The basic features of the right to development entail that it can be realized only through national endeavors and active international cooperation combined.
 
Since its proposal as a concept in the 1970s, the ―right to development‖ has been proclaimed or reaffirmed by the relevant United Nations declarations and resolutions,and recognized by some regional regulations on human rights. The theory of its being a human right has basically become a consensus. However, due to different situations in different countries, its realization is still faced with various difficulties. Thus, it is certainly worthwhile to re-examine the right to development and its path of realization,on the occasion of commemorating the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development.