I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of OIC member states.
The OIC appreciates the efforts of the Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on the Right to development (RtD) for his constructive engagement with all the stake holders and taking the work of the working group forward in a holistic and consensual manner.
Last year, we commemorated the 30th anniversary of the declaration on right to development with a determination to move forward in a consensual manner to operationalize the Right to Development. There is no easy path to achieve this objective. We must overcome our conceptual, political and practical differences, and work for realization of the Right to Development. The most pressing issue remains the rhetoric of questioning the basis of this fundamental right. Needless to say that such a rhetoric serves no fruitful purpose and has no basis, since the acceptability of Right to Development as basic human right is universal as proclaimed in the Declaration on Right to Development, the Vienna Declaration and Program of Action especially its article 10, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Moreover, the UN Charter, and the two Covenants in essence have in numerous articles recalled the importance of creating favourable conditions and environment through international cooperation whereby everyone could enjoy their economic, social and cultural rights as well as civil and political rights. This is sufficient to address the political divergence on conceptual aspects of Right to Development. We must now focus our energies to address the ways and means of implementation of Right to Development for all- leaving no one behind.
We believe that the goal 17 of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provides guidelines to support the realization of Right to Development and addresses core issues such as resource mobilization, technological and technical support, capacity building, free equitable and non discriminatory trading and financial system, debt servicing, and data collection and monitoring in desegregated form. These elements have also been covered under draft Criteria and Sub-Criteria which were developed by the task force after years of hard work. These Criteria and Sub-Criteria can help to develop human rights based approach towards SDGs.
The Criteria and Sub-Criteria are expected to be finalized by the 19th session of the Working Group for elaboration of a comprehensive and coherent Set of Standards for the implementation of the Right to Development which can be conducive to an international legally binding document on Right to Development. We request all Member States to lend their support to this important initiative.
We would cherish a world free from hunger, disease and poverty; we long for a world without socio-economic inequality; and we wish for a world where basic human rights and fundamental freedoms are protected in true letter and spirit. It can only be achieved by providing enabling environment by focussing on principles of self determination, non-discrimination, equality, inclusivity, and sustainable development. This would pave way for a just international order, financial institutions, and trading system where fruits of globalization are tasted equally by all. Human rights cannot be truly realized without addressing the human needs.
We take note with appreciation of the report of the Secretary General and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Right to Development, however, we recommend that emphasis should also be given in this regard to the means of implementation which include, inter alia, capacity building, financial and technical assistances, and technology transfer.
We have lost precious time and we cannot afford another lost decade. It is crucial that political will should be exhibited by the international community especially by the developed countries to support the developing countries in realization of the Right to Development.