Vision and priorities of new Independent Expert: report
The Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order
To the HRC at its 39th session
In the present report, the first by the present mandate holder, the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order sets out his preliminary views and intended scope of work, highlighting the vision and priorities to be addressed within the framework of the mandate as set forth in Human Rights Council resolution 18/6 and subsequent resolutions on the subject, the latest of which is resolution 36/4.
The Independent Expert proposes to address a number of thematic priorities over the course of his tenure, namely:
(a) forms and practice of democracy;
(b) public participation and decision-making in multilateral institutions;
(c) corruption and open government;
(d) the emergence of global governance forums;
(e) global economic challenges; and
(f) youth facing fragility and violence as well as opportunity.
While these themes reflect key areas of interest to the mandate holder, they are not exhaustive and adjustments could be made following further comments and suggestions. The Independent Expert seeks views on these issues as well as reflections on obstacles and good practices related to the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order.