UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
Human rights impact assessments: public consultation
[20 July 2011] BRUSSELS – Olivier De Schutter invites States, United Nations departments and agencies, national human rights institutions, civil society and other relevant stakeholders to participate in the public consultation on the draft “Guiding Principles on Human Rights Impact Assessments of Trade and Investment Agreements.” The document seeks to set out key principles that should guide human rights impact assessments for trade and investment agreements between States.
The work undertaken by the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food has been increasingly addressing issues related to trade and investment agreements and the right to food.
The document presented hereunder is a response to a key recommendation of the international expert seminar held under the auspices of the mandate in Geneva from 23 to 24 June 2010. The seminar, at which a variety of stakeholders from all regions were represented, underlined the need for a set of principles for conducting human rights impact assessments of trade and investment agreements. This set of principles is intended to provide a methodology. It would also maximize the effectiveness of such assessments and ensure that they are not undermined by actors who misappropriate the term “human rights impact assessment.” The report of the seminar is available here.