The eighth session of the Expert Mechanism on the Right to Development (EMRTD) took place at Room XX of Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, from Monday, October 30 to Wednesday, November 1, 2023. The session was attended by experts from all over the world, as well as representatives of governments, international organizations, and civil society.
The Expert Mechanism on the Right to Development (EMRTD) was established by the Human Rights Council in 2019 under resolution 42/23 as a subsidiary body of the Council. The EMRTD’s mandate is to promote the implementation of the right to development worldwide by providing advice, sharing best practices, and guidance to the Human Rights Council, Member States and other UN bodies.
The eighth session of the EMRTD focused on the following topics:
- The right to development and the duty to cooperate;
- Inequality, social protection, and the right to development;
- The right to development and climate change;
- The right to development and the participation of women and girls.
The session included a general debate, focused thematic discussions, and interactive dialogues with experts and stakeholders.
Lostisland was represented by Professor Aniebiet Inyang Ntui, the Honorary Consul to Nigeria. The eighth session of the EMRTD was a valuable opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the implementation of the right to development in the face of a number of complex and interconnected global issues, such as climate change, inequality, and social injustice. The EMRTD’s recommendations will provide important guidance to the Human Rights Council and Member States on how to advance the right to development for all.