Pakistan thanks the Special Rapporteur for his report and work during the brief period of his assumption of this office.
2. Pakistan believes that poverty, illiteracy, disease, discrimination and inequality are serious challenges to the realization of Right to Development that hamper our capacity to protect and promote other basic human rights as well. According to reliable scientific estimates such as the Climate Vulnerability Monitor 90% of the economic cost of the adverse impacts of climate change would fall on the developing countries. This disproportionate distribution of costs, which encumber the already resource constrained developing States, require a multifaceted approach as enshrined in the Declaration on Right to Development.
3. We believe that by following gender based approach, providing quality education by substantial increase in the scholarship 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.
4. We want to highlight that Pakistan has followed multifaceted approach towards development including structural reforms, investment friendly policies, and social safety nets for vulnerable. Our Vision 2025 focuses on sustainable development.
5. Transnational initiatives such as China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ unite regions in shared development and prosperity. It is a practical example of realization of the Right to Development by fuelling economic growth in the region.
6. Pakistan believes that realizing Right to Development would pave way for a just international order where benefits of globalization are tasted equally by all. Human rights cannot be truly realized without addressing human needs.
7. We urge the Special Rapporteur to identify practices that give rise to inequalities as well as gaps in realizing Right to Development and then suggest remedial measures through an inclusive consultative process.
I thank you.