ICESCR concluding observations 2016, paragraph 15
Plain English recommendation
Align its international development cooperation with human rights by:
(a) assessing the potential human rights impacts of international development projects before giving them the go ahead.
(b) monitoring any impacts of international development projects, and taking action when needed.
(c) ensuring people affected by such projects can complain if their economic, social or cultural rights are infringed.
Original UN recommendation
The Committee calls upon the State party to adopt a human rights-based approach in its international development cooperation by:
(a) Undertaking a systematic and independent human rights impact assessment prior to decision-making on development cooperation projects.
(b) Establishing an effective monitoring mechanism to regularly assess the human rights impact of its policies and projects in the receiving countries and to take remedial measures when required.
(c) Ensuring that there is an accessible complaint mechanism for violations of economic, social and cultural rights in the receiving countries embedded in the framework for development cooperation projects.
Date of UN examination
UN article number
2 (implementation of the Convention), 11 (adequate standard of living), 23 (international cooperation)