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Intervention made by China On behalf of a Like-Minded Group of States On Report of the Working Group on the Right to Development and relevant consolidated report of the UNSG and the HCHR

Madame President,

I have the honour to make this statement on behalf of Algeria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Cuba, Egypt,  DPRK, Iran, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Russia Federation,Sri Lanka, Thailand,Venezuela,Vietnam,Zimbabwe and China

At the outset let me welcome the Chairperson/Rapporteur of the Working Group on the Right to Development and thank her for her presentation of the Working Group's report.  We also appreciate her wisdom and manner in leading the discussions within the Working Group.

Madame President,

We take positive note of the evolution of discussions within the working group.  The last session has witnessed the beginning of a long road towards the fulfilment of its mandate.  Despite differences in views and positions, the session was enriched with open discussions between all interested parties.  What is needed, however, is a strong political will to finalise the process of considering, revising, and ultimately endorsing the draft right to development criteria and operational sub-criteria towards the elaboration of a coherent set of standards on this important right.  It has to be emphasised that based on consecutive Human Rights Council Resolutions, those standards are to evolve into a basis for consideration of an international legal standard of a binding nature.  The process is long and requires acceleration to achieve tangible progress.

Madame President,

Last year we commemorated the 25th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Right to Development and next year we are to commemorate the unanimously adopted Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action.  It has to be recalled that the latter has provided more momentum to the right to development.  The VDPA reaffirmed this right out, as established in the relevant UN declaration, as a universal and inalienable right and an integral part of all human rights.  In a globalised world suffering from crises on various fronts, interdependence in international relations coincides with the universality, indivisibility, interdependence and interrelatedness of all human rights.  Hence the relevance of the right to development, as encompassing all aspects of human rights, be they civil and political or economic, social and cultural.  It is incumbent upon us to ensure the enjoyment of all individuals and peoples of this comprehensive right.  States, as per the VDPA, should cooperate to ensure development, and remove obstacles on its path.  There is a duty on states towards international cooperation towards the realization of the right to development.  The realization of this right requires effective national policies as well as a favourable international environment.  In other words, it is the creation of a national and international enabling environment for development through consolidated efforts.

     Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the UN Declaration has infused momentum in international discussions on the right to development.  This momentum has to be sustained and built upon through the mainstreaming of this right in all international development processes and across the UN system.

     In this regard, we recognize the efforts and promotional role played by the High Commissioner and her office and look forward to further engagement and activities in this domain.

     Thank you.


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