Kevin Fye | June 3, 2019
Diane Desierto, an expert for the United Nations Working Group on the Right to Development, has been tasked to assist member states in drafting a new treaty declaring development as a human right. Desierto is an associate professor of human rights law and global affairs at the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame.
She recently addressed the international working group when it met at U.N. headquarters in Geneva this May. In a public event organized by the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights titled “Leaving No One Behind: A Right to Development Perspective,” members of the United Nations Sustainable Development Section, prominent academics and representatives of Catholic nongovernmental organizations gathered to discuss key issues that confront the U.N.’s effort to realize its development goals.
Desierto pointed to fundamental problems arising from the current design of international development systems, and she outlined current ineffective and unfair practices and systems to be corrected in the treaty process.
Anchoring her remarks on the promise of integral human development, Desierto questioned the ability of systems — as currently conceived — to deliver the broad range of benefits that the idea implies.
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