UN Declaration on the Right to Development

 The United Nations established the right to development as an inalienable human right in 1986. The declaration seeks to ensure people’s right to personal and financial improvement and progress. The Right to Development is based on human dignity and implies the right to self-determination and full sovereignty over wealth and natural resources.

Goal: The declaration aims to put people at the center of development; ensure their free, active and meaningful participation in society; secure non-discrimination; fairly distribute the benefits of development; and respect self-determination, and sovereignty over natural resources in a process that advances other civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights

Relevant Clauses[i]:


Article 1


1.    The right to development is 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.   


Article 5


      States shall take resolute steps to eliminate  […]  violations of the human rights of peoples and human beings  […]

[i]United Nations General Assembly. (2011). Declaration on the Right to Development. Retrieved August 22, 2013, from Declaration on the Right to Development at 25: http://www.un.org/documents/ga/res/41/a41r128.htm