Morocco: UN expert to assess impact of international development cooperation on human rights

GENEVA, Switzerland,

The United Nations Independent Expert on human rights and international solidarity, Virginia Dandan, will undertake her first official visit to Morocco from 15 to 19 January 2016 to identify good practices of international solidarity through the examination of international cooperation and more particularly international development cooperation.

“I will assess whether the current initiatives to help and support Morocco’s development efforts foster the conditions for the realization of all human rights, especially economic, social and cultural rights in the county,” Ms. Dandan said.

During her five-day visit, the expert will also evaluate if the current international cooperation practices in Morocco are in accordance with the principle of international solidarity as established by international standards.

The expert will meet with representatives of governmental institutions specialized in international cooperation including the coordination of development assistance both received and provided by Morocco. Ms. Dandan will also meet with international development partners, civil society organization working in the field of economic, social and cultural rights as well as beneficiaries of international solidarity and all concerned stakeholders

Ms. Dandan will hold a press conference to share the preliminary findings of her visit on Tuesday 19 January at the Sofitel, Jardin des roses, Rabat at 12 h00. Access to the press conference is strictly limited to journalists.

The Independent Expert’s observations and recommendations will be reflected in her final report to be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2016.


Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)