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Special Rapporteur on the right to development

Purpose of the mandate

More than 30 years after the adoption of the Declaration on the Right to Development, billions of people in all parts of the world have been left behind and are yet to see their right to development realised.

The 2015 Millennium Development Goals’ report indicated that 800 million people still lived in extreme poverty and suffered from hunger. In 2015, over 160 million children under age five still suffered the consequences of malnutrition. Almost fifty percent of global workers were still working in vulnerable conditions. Today, over 880 million people are estimated to be living in slum-like conditions in cities across the developing world.

Read more about why the right to development is a human rights issue.

About the mandate

The Human Rights Council, in its resolution 33/14 of 29 September 2016, established the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the right to development. Mr. Saad Alfarargi was appointed Special Rapporteur for a period of three years and took up his functions on 1 May 2017.

As part of his mandate, the Special Rapporteur contributes practical guidance for the effective realisation of the right to development at local, national, regional and international levels. He also participates in integrating human rights in development work as well as representing the right to development in the 2030 sustainable development agenda. Learn more about the history of the mandate.

Current mandate holder

Mr. Saad Alfarargi, Special Rapporteur for the right to Development Mr. Saad Alfarargi was appointed Special Rapporteur for the right to Development in 2017. Mr. Alfarargi has served as Ambassador, Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States to the UN in Geneva, Specialised Agencies and other International Organisations in Switzerland. He has published articles on economic development, international order, peace and security, disarmament and world trade and is a regular commentator on national, regional and international affairs. Read Mr. Saad Alfaragi’s full biography.

Key documents

Special Rapporteur on the Right to Development - An introduction to the mandate

This document provides an overview of the role of the Special Rapporteur for the right to development, the challenges involved and his plan for the mandate. It also gives a summary of the human rights aspect of development.

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Special Rapporteur on the Right to Development - Guidelines and Recommendations on the Practical Implementation of the Right to Development

Latest thematic reports

Disaster risk reduction: In this report presented to the General Assembly in 2019, the Special Rapporteur explores the explicit link between the right to development and disaster risk reduction and its practical implications. The report concludes with key recommendations aimed at improving the participatory processes related to the planning, monitoring and implementation of disaster risk reduction measures and policies. View report page | View document A/74/163

Guidelines and recommendations on the practical implementation of the right to development: In this report, the Special Rapporteur presents guidelines and recommendations on the practical implementation of the right to development arising from the regional consultations on that topic held in 2018 and 2019. The report also contains a summary of the activities carried out by the Special Rapporteur since September 2018. View report page | View document A/HRC/42/38

Latest country reports

Mission to Cabo Verde (12 to 21 November 2018)
View document A/HRC/42/38/Add.1



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19 December 2017
Mr. Saad Alfarargi speaks about the newly created mandate

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