The Right to Development (RTD) is a new and highly contested right. Its emergence is linked to the demand for a ‘new international economic order’ by developing countries. Composite in nature and integrating civil and political rights with economic, social and cultural rights, the RTD approach underscores participation, a fair sharing of benefits, transparency and non-discrimination. The present volume explores the theoretical and practical aspects of RTD as an alternative to existing approaches to development. It brings together the reflections and insights of some of the finest scholars on the specific aspects of RTD.

Right to Development: Where are we Today?

Right to development: Where are we today?
RajeevMalhotra*

Introduction

Although references to the notion of a right to development can be found in many international instruments including the preparatory work on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), it was not until 1977 that the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (CHR) passed a resolution1 explicitly referring to a right to development for the first time. In a subsequent resolution2 in 1979, the CHR recognised that a right to development exists and that the equality of opportunity for development is as much a prerogative of nations as of individuals. These resolutions and the discussions that followed, paved the way for the preparation of the Declaration on the Right to Development (RTD ...

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