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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

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Latest thematic reports

Financing for development - international level: In this thematic report, the Special Rapporteur explores the international dimensions of financing for development policies and practices from the perspective of the right to development. He highlights four key areas. The first is participation, consent and access to information in the practices of multilateral development banks and development finance institutions. Key principles such as free, prior and informed consent and practices such as environmental impact assessments and meaningful consultation processes are assessed. The second key area is domestic and international resource mobilization, which includes such matters as illicit financial flows, official development assistance and public-private partnerships. The third area covered is international cooperation as a key principle in both financing for development and the right to development, with a focus on the intergovernmental dialogues on financing for development being held under the aegis of the United Nations, tax cooperation and financial lending. Fourth, international and multilateral responses to the global economic impacts of the unprecedented coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic are surveyed. The Special Rapporteur concludes with recommendations on integrating principles of participation, free, prior and informed consent and access to information into development finance policies and practices, as well as tackling the challenges relating to domestic and international resource mobilization, public-private partnerships and financial assistance in the context of both responding to the global pandemic and implementing the 2030 Agenda. View report page | View document A/75/167

Financing for development - national level: In this thematic report, the Special Rapporteur examines national-level financing for development practices from the perspective of the right to development. He highlights good practices and reviews challenges in ensuring the meaningful participation of rights holders. He concludes with recommendations on integrating the right to development into the areas of resource mobilization, tax policies, participation and access to information. View report page | View document A/HRC/45/15

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 Switzerland (23 September to 2 October 2019)
View document A/HRC/45/15/add.1

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

Latest News


More press releases and statements

Calls for input

Climate change related policies and projects from a right to development perspective
Deadline: 28 March 2021

Activities

Statement by Mr. Saad Alfarargi, Special Rapporteur on the right to development, 46th Session of the Human Rights Council, Virtual Side Event: “The negative impacts of the non-repatriation of illicit funds on the enjoyment of human rights”, 17 March 2021

7th Asia-Pacific Adaptation Forum (APAN), Sesion on Supporting Human Rights-Based Inclusive Resilience for All, 9 March 2021, Statement of the Special Rapporteur on the right to development

7th Asia-Pacific Adaptation Forum (APAN) : Supporting Human Rights-based Inclusive Resilience for All, 9 March 2021

Statement by Mr. Saad Alfarargi, Special Rapporteur on the right to development, 46th Session of the Human Rights Council, Virtual Side Event : “Establishing synergies between human rights and the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals: sharing of experiences and good practices”, 23 February 2021

Statement by Mr. Saad Alfarargi, Special Rapporteur on the right to development, 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Third Committee, 16 October 2020

Joint open letter on the Finance in Common Summit to be held in Paris from 10 to 12 November 2020 (also in Français), 25 September 2020

Statement by Mr. Saad Alfarargi, Special Rapporteur on the right to development, 45th session of the Human Rights Council
16 September 2020

Keynote speech by Mr. Saad Alfarargi, Open-ended Discussion on the right to development and possible ways in achieving its practical implementation
12 February 2020

Statement by Mr. Saad Alfarargi at the 74th session of the General Assembly
16 October 2019

Statement by Mr. Saad Alfarargi Special Rapporteur on the right to development 42nd session of the Human Rights Council
11 September 2019

Identifying and promoting good practices: Regional consultations on the practical implementation of the right to development
2018-2019

Video




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

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