Sri Lanka’s former Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Tamara Kunanayakam, was unanimously re-elected, by acclamation, for a second term as Chairperson/Rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Council Working Group on the Right to Development.
The appointment comes a week after her return from the 13th Session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development in Doha, where she was elected by also acclamation as an Asian Vice-Chair of the Conference and member of the Bureau.
The election took place in the presence of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay,
The Working Group, which opened its 13th Session today in Geneva, is composed of all UN member States, including also Political Groups and Regional Groups represented in the United Nations.
First elected to that position in 2011, barely one month after assuming her duties in Geneva, Ambassador Kunanayakam was again nominated by the Non-Aligned Movement, which had played a crucial role in drafting of the Declaration on the Right to Development, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1986, but which has not been implemented due to resistance from the West.
At the current session, scheduled to take place from 7th – 11th May, the Working Group will engage in drafting criteria and operational sub-criteria for monitoring the implementation of the Declaration on the Right to Development.