Pakistan associates itself with the statements made by NAM and OIC. We congratulate you on your re-election as the Chair-Rapporteur of the working group on right to development. We thank you for your commendable work during the last two sessions and your constructive engagement with all the stakeholders to take forward the work of the working group.
We believe that declaration on Right to Development supported by Vienna Declaration and Program of Action (VDPA) and other development related processes provide us with broad definition of this right and the relevant elements to be considered for setting up of Standards, and Criteria and sub-criteria. We fully support the Chair’s paper on the set of Standards and believe that it covers all the broad consensual categories and elements already enshrined in the declaration on Right to Development. These set of Standards can act as basic policy guidelines and starting point, and pave the way for establishment of normative framework with the support of Criteria and Sub-Criteria. This would result in operationalization of Right to Development, thus, proving our commitment to the protection and promotion of all human rights.
We believe that poverty, illiteracy, disease, discrimination and inequality are serious challenges to right to development and hamper our commitment and capacity to protect and promote other basic human rights as well. The adverse impact of climate change which according to estimates of the Climate Vulnerability Monitor (2012) would cause losses of $194 billion per year, out of which 80% and 90% of economic costs would fall on developing countries, further exacerbates the situation. These myriads of problems require multifaceted approach by states internally, externally as well as collectively as enshrined in articles 2 and 3 of the declaration on Right to Development.
We believe that by following gender based approach, providing quality education by substantial increase in the scholarships programs of universities and colleges in the developed countries to the youth of the developing countries, equitable and preferential market access, sharing resilient technologically advance agricultural practices and support in debt servicing to prioritize developmental aspirations of the developing countries can help in establishing a just and human rights sensitive economic and financial order.
We want to highlight that Pakistan is fully committed to the cause of Right to Development. We have followed multifaceted approach towards development including structural reforms, investment friendly policies, and social safety nets for vulnerable. Our Vision 2025 focuses on sustainable development. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a key regional initiative for connectivity and shared prosperity of nations and is a practical example of realization of the Right to Development fuelling economic growth in the region.
We urge that best practices may be shared in this respect in order to learn from each others’ experiences.
I thank you.