Economic Technical And Related Assistance Agreement

(i) activities related to EFTA free trade agreements and declarations of cooperation funded exclusively by EFTA Member States; and 14. The Committee wishes to stress that, in accordance with Articles 55 and 56 of the United Nations Charter, the fundamental principles of international law and the very provisions of the Covenant, international development cooperation and, therefore, the realization of economic, social and cultural rights are an obligation for all States. In particular, it is incumbent on states capable of helping others in this regard. In particular, the Committee notes the importance of the Declaration on the Right to Development adopted by the General Assembly in resolution 41/128 of 4 December 1986 and the fact that States Parties must take full account of all the principles set out in it. It stresses that the full realization of economic, social and cultural rights in many countries, in the absence of an active programme of aid and international cooperation on the part of all States able to assume one, will remain an unmet aspiration. In this context, the Committee also recalls the terms of General Observation 2 (1990). The bodies created under the Human Rights Treaty are committees of independent experts to oversee the implementation of international human rights treaties. They are created in accordance with the provisions of the treaty they control. In their final comments on state reports, conventional bodies included information that falls within the mandate of the independent expert. Click here to find out how conventional bodies have dealt with issues related to external debt, economic reform policy and the policies and programs of international financial institutions in their work. Click here for a selection of government reports to conventional bodies that have provided information on how debt servicuing and other financial commitments and economic programmes can affect the achievement of human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights. 31.

Notwithstanding differences in their political, economic and social systems, States cooperate to promote international social, economic and cultural progress, particularly economic growth in developing countries, which is free from discrimination because of these differences. 34. International cooperation and support under Article 2, paragraph 1, takes into account the role of international organizations and the contribution of non-governmental organizations. Priority is given to least developed countries (LDCs), which account for more than 45% of all technical assistance provided, including national activities in least developed countries, regional seminars, workshops and training to which least developed countries are invited.