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Regional Consultation on Development and Human Rights

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FORUM-ASIA and Dignity International co-organised this regional consultation, on 17-19 August 2011, which aims to:

  • To enhance a common understanding on the interdependence and mutual reinforcement of development and human rights with a view to holding Asian States accountable to their economic, social and cultural rights obligations;
  • To discuss opportunities for human rights advocacy during the UN Human Rights Council Working Group on the Right to Development (Geneva, 11-14 November 2011) and the OECD High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (Busan, 29 November-1 December 2011); and
  • To initiate joint action plans for a regional campaign for the ratification by Asian States of the ICESCR and the OP-ICESCR.


Read the Concept Note and Programme Agenda (in PDF)

Reading Materials

Part I.聽 Development Cooperation and Human Rights

OHCHR Publication, Frequently Asked Questions on a Human Rights-Based Approach to Development Cooperation (HR/PUB/06/8)

Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (2005) and the Accra Agenda for Action (2008)

OECD Brochure, 4th High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness

OECD Development Assistance Committee, Working Party on Aid Effectivess, 1st Draft Outcome Document for the 4th High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (Proposal by the Co-Chairs), 7-8 July 2011

BetterAid, CSOs on the Road to Busan: Key Messages and Proposals, January 2011

BetterAid, Submission of Civil Society Views to the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness with Respect to the 1st Draft of the Busan Outcome Document, 15 July 2011

Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness, Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness, 29 September 2010 路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路路 聽107

Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness, Siem Reap CSO Consensus on the International Framework for CSO Development Effectivess, 28-20 June 2011

Part II.聽 25 Years of the UN Declaration on the Right to Development

UN Declaration on the Right to Development (A/RES/41/128), 4 December 1986

OHCHR Primer, 鈥淩tD at a Glance鈥

25th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the RtD, OHCHR Info Note & Calendar of Events

UN Human Rights Council Resolution on the RtD (A/HRC/RES/15/25), 1 October 2010

Intergovernmental Working Group on the RtD, 11th Session (26-30 April 2010):

Report by the Chairperson-Rapporteur, Arjun Sengupta (A/HRC/15/23)

Intergovernmental Working Group on the RtD, 12th Session (14-18 November 2011): Written Contributions by Japan, Thailand, NHRC of India, NAM, EU, UN CESCR

Joint Statement of Chairpersons of the UN Treaty Bodies, 1 July 2011

Panel Discussion on the 鈥淲ay Forward in the Realization of the RtD: Between Policy and Practice鈥, 18th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council (12-30 September 2011)

Background Report Submitted by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to the Social Forum of the UN Human Rights Council (3-5 October 2011)

Part III.聽 Justiciability of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) &

Optional Protocol to the ICESCR: Status of Ratification and Reservations

UN Press Release, 10 December 2008

OP-ICESCR Coalition, A Toolkit for Action

Refreshing Your Knowledge about the ICESCR

Overview of the OP-ICESCR

Why Should States Ratify the OP-ICESCR?

Tools to Lobby Your Country and Advocate for the Ratification and Implementation of the Optional Protocol