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PRESS RELEASE : HRC52 – UK Statement on the Right to Development [March 2023]

The press release issued by the Foreign Office on 1 March 2023.

During the 52nd session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the UK delivered a statement on the Right to Development.

Thank you Madam Vice President,

Human rights are indivisible, interdependent and, universal. And they are essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The realisation of human rights underpins sustainable development – they go hand in hand, they are mutually reinforcing – and they are building blocks to achieving inclusive and prosperous societies.

For the United Kingdom, it is clear that the right to development is an obligation of States to ensure individuals are able to enjoy their human rights and have equal opportunity to fulfil their potential. These obligations are already enshrined and clearly set out in the existing human rights treaties. Implementing these existing obligations is the only way to realise the right to development.

Last year, we published our new development strategy that aims to unleash the power of people and countries to take control of their own future. Human rights is at the heart of this – empowering people to stand up for freedom and supporting them to plan for their own sustainable future.

This is a vital year for action, as the world faces multiple crises exacerbated by conflict and climate change. The UK will continue to partner with countries to achieve the collective vision agreed in Agenda 2030. But if we are to succeed, we not only need to step up efforts but must put human rights at the front and centre of them.

Thank you.