Human Rights and Development Cooperation from Commitment to Reality PDF Print E-mail

4th OECD High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness

Busan Global Civil Society Forum

26-28 November 2011, Busan, Republic of Korea

Workshop Title: Human Rights and Development Cooperation: From Commitment to Reality

Organizer: Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) & Dignity International 

Co-Organizers: Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP), Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), Korea Civil Society Forum on International Development Forum (KoFID) Working Group on Human Rights, and KoFID Working Group on Environment

Short Description of the Workshop: 

  1. oThis coming December 2011, the UN General Assembly will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Right to Development (1986), which enshrines development as “an inalienable human right by virtue of which every human person and all peoples are entitled to participate in, contribute to, and enjoy economic, social, cultural, and political development, in which all human rights and fundamental freedoms can be fully realized”. In the context of the upcoming 4th OECD High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (29 November - 1 December 2011, Busan, Republic of Korea), it is incumbent on States to revisit their responsibility upon the Declaration to collectively and individually take steps to establish, promote and sustain national and international arrangements that create an enabling environment for the realization of the right to development. 

  1. oMeanwhile, since the UN Programme of Reform was launched in 1997 which entrenched human rights mainstreaming into the policy and practice of the UN system, a human rights-based approach (HRBA) to development work has evolved towards a common understanding and attracted the overwhelming attention of development actors and practitioners as an effective framework towards sustainable and just human development. In this light, the actual experiences of applying a HRBA to development programmes as well as the reflections from the struggling communities in development are essential when States evaluate the implementation of their commitments on aid and development effectiveness, including the Paris Declaration (2005) and the Accra Agenda for Action (2008). 

  1. oFORUM-ASIA together with Dignity International convened a Regional Consultation on Development and Human Rights on 17-19 August 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand to enhance the understanding of human rights organizations in Asia on the interdependence and mutual reinforcement of human rights and development, as well as to facilitate discussion among the human rights communities in the region with the view for them to take stock of the opportunities for human rights advocacy at the inter-governmental processes on development, including the 4th OECD High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness.

  1. oAgainst this backdrop, the proposed Workshop at the Busan Global Civil Society Forum, which takes place ahead of the 4th OECD High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, will discuss concrete human rights-centred suggestions which should guide the discourse and action of States for strengthening the impact of international development cooperation. 

Programme Agenda (Tentative):

14:00-14:15         Welcome/Introduction

14:15-15:00         Panel Discussion (15 mins for each topic)

  1. oDevelopment Cooperation as a Human Right: Scope of State Obligations
  2. oKey Indicators for a Human Rights-Based Approach to Development Cooperation
  3. oParticipatory Human Rights Processes: Experience of Cambodia

15:00-15:45         Floor Discussion

15:45-16:00         Break

16:00-16:45         Panel Discussion (15 mins for each topic)

  1. oLessons Learnt in Programming the Principle of Equality and Non-Discrimination
  2. oAccountability and Redress: Role of Parliamentarians
  3. oHRBA Application for Countries in Post-Conflict Transition

16:45-17:30         Floor Discussion

17:30-17:45         Rapporteur Summary of Key Messages to the 4th OECD High Level Forum

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