Pax Christi International signs onto Joint Oral Statement on Right to Development


For the 33rd Regular Session of the Human Rights Council, 13-30 September 2016, Pax Christi International has joined with 16 other NGOs in issuing a joint oral statement on the "Right to Development". The statement is entitled, "Right to Development at 30: Time to act!" The statement begins:

Mr Chair,
APG23 and 16 co-signing NGOs take note of the two reports on Right to Development delivered at this 33rd session of the Human Rights Council and would like to reiterate the following:
  • The 2030 Agenda has been informed by the Declaration on the Right to Development and provides a new impetus for realizing its vision. For the SDGs to be successfully achieved, States should focus on strengthening the Means of Implementation (SDG17) and creating an enabling and equitable global order.
  • In implementing and monitoring the SDGs, it is necessary to adopt a Right to Development approach that focus not only on the outcomes but also on the processes through which those outcomes must be achieved.
  • The right to development expresses, at the highest level, the values of the United Nations Charter. Its achievement is necessary for the protection, respect and fulfilment of the economic, social and cultural rights as well as civil and political rights...

To read the entire statement, click here.


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