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the continuing adaptation of human rights machinery to current and future needs in the promotion and protection of human rights and to contribute significantly to the prevention of their violations. They also stressed the importance of addressing the international human rights agenda and the mandate of the Commission on Human Rights in a fair and balanced manner, taking into account the need for equal treatment of both civil and political, economic, social and cultural rights. In strengthening the international co-operation and co-ordination in the field of Human Rights, the Ministers agreed to reinforce the Movement’s presence by advancing its positions during the deliberations taking place in the main international fora, particularly, the Commission on Human Rights, the ECOSOC, and the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly.

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    The Ministers remained determined to promote and protect all human rights, in particular the right to development, as enunciated in the Declaration on the Right to Development. While stressing the indivisible nature of all human rights, they again placed emphasis on the importance of the right to development as a universal and inalienable right and as an integral part of all human rights. In this regard, they stressed the need to strive for the greater acceptance and operationalisation and realisation of the right to development at the international level and called on all States to undertake necessary policy formulation and institute measures required for the implementation of the right to development as a fundamental human right. They emphasised the duty of States to co-operate with each other in ensuring development and eliminating obstacles to development. The international community should promote an effective international co-operation for the realisation of the right to development. Lasting progress towards the implementation of the right to development requires effective development policies at the national level, as well as equitable economic relations and a favourable economic environment at the international level (paragraph 10 of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action). The United Nations Commission on Human Rights' Open-Ended Working Group on the Right to Development should continue to give priority to the operationalisation of this important right including, inter alia, elaboration of a Convention on the Right to Development.

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    The Ministers stressed the need for mainstreaming the right to development in the operational programmes and objectives of the United Nations, specialised agencies, programmes and funds and in the policies and objectives of the international financial and multilateral trading systems. They underlined that in relation to the international economic, commercial and financial spheres, core principles such as equity, non- discrimination, transparency, accountability, participation and international co-operation, including partnership and commitments, are important for the realisation of the right to development and prevention of discriminatory treatment to the issues of concern to the developing countries arising out of political or other non-economic reasons.


In the above context, the Ministers welcomed the substantive outcome of the High-level Seminar on the operationalisation of the right to development held in Geneva on 09-10 February 2004 within the framework of the Commission of Human Rights Working Group on the Right to Development. The Ministers particularly welcomed the High-level Task Force on the Operationalisation of the Right to Development established by the Seminar consisting of practical expertise from the human rights, trade and economic fields as representing a meaningful way forward for the tangible realization of the right to development, which has been identified among the main objectives of the Millennium Development Goals which must be achieved.


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