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Independent Expert on international order

Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order

Purpose of the mandate

The aspirations of all peoples for an international order are based on the principles enshrined in the Charter. This includes promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all and respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, peace, democracy, justice, equality, the rule of law, pluralism, development, better standards of living and solidarity.
As a result, a democratic and equitable international order means all peoples:

  • have the rights to peace, international solidarity, development and self-determination;
  • exercise effective sovereignty over their natural wealth and resources;
  • freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development;
  • have equal opportunity to participate meaningfully in regional and international decision-making; and
  • have a shared responsibility to address threats to international peace and security.

A democratic and equitable international order fosters the full realization of all human rights for all, and everyone is entitled to it.

About the mandate

On 29 September 2011, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 18/6 on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order. Resolution 18/6 established the mandate of the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order for an initial period of three years. Since then, the mandate has been extended twice, on 25 September 2014 (A/HRC/RES/27/9) and on 28 September 2017 (A/HRC/RES/36/4), for three years each.

The Human Rights Council has further renewed its commitment to the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order by adopting resolutions 21/9, 25/15, 30/29, 33/3, 36/4, 39/4 and 42/8. Read more about the mandate.

Current mandate holder

Livingstone Sewanyana, Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order Livingstone Sewanyana is the Founder and Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI), a Ugandan civil society organization. He is a lawyer by profession and advocate of the High Court of Uganda. Mr. Sewanyana has written and published widely on human rights, corporate governance, public sector management and access to justice. He has received several awards for his scholarly and professional work. Read Mr. Sewanyana’s full biography.

Latest thematic reports

Public participation and decision-making processes in global governance spaces (2019): Intergovernmental, multisectoral and private groupings, such as the G7, G20 and BRICS, remain largely inaccessible to the public, in particular to those whose lives and livelihoods are affected by the decisions taken, contributing to a democratic deficit in the global decision-making process. This report examines how groups have an obligation to make decisions in accordance with the basic principles of democratic governance: transparency, inclusivity, responsiveness and accountability. View report page | View documents A/HRC/42/48 and A/74/245

Vision and priorities of current Independent Expert: In 2018, the Independent Expert presented this report in which he proposes thematic priorities to be addressed over the course of his tenure. He also seeks input on highlighted topics, identifies stakeholders with whom he plans to cooperate and outlines his intended methods of work. View report page | View document A/HRC/39/47

Latest country reports

Visit to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (26 November to 4 December) and Ecuador (4 to 9 December 2017)
View document A/HRC/39/47/Add.1

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Videos

13 Sep 2019
IE on International Order - 12th Meeting, 42nd Regular Session Human Rights Council (continued) - Watch on UN Web TV

12 Sep 2019
IE on International Order - 11th Meeting, 42nd Regular Session Human Rights Council – Watch on UN Web TV

10 Sep 2018
SR on contemporary forms of slavery & IE on International Order - 2nd Meeting, 39th Regular Session Human Rights Council - Watch on UN WebTV

Former mandate holder

Mr. Alfred de Zayas (USA)
1 May 2012 - 30 April 2018