On 12th and 13th October, the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation held, in Abu Dhabi, a seminar on the Right to Development in order to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Right to Development.

The seminar, organized in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation as well as with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, aimed at calling for renewed reflection and joint action by all stakeholders, both at the national and international levels, to ensure that all individuals are able to participate in, contribute to and benefit from the fruits of the right to development.

The seminar was attended by OIC Member and Observer States, UN Officials and civil society representatives. H. E. Idriss Jazairy, Executive Director of the Geneva Centre, was invited as a panellist. “We are commemorating this year the 30th anniversary of the adoption by the UN General Assembly on 4 December 1986 of the Declaration on the Right to Development. The Right to Development proclaimed in the Declaration, however, is interpreted differently.  Some define it as human rights-based development, others interpret it as meaning that human rights are intrinsic to development, and yet others construe development as an entitlement of individuals and as a collective entitlement of peoples.” – So states H. E. Jazairy.

Please click here to read the full statement.

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