UN Special Rapporteur on right to health

UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health

The post of the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health was established in 2002 (UN Commission on Human Rights resolution 2002/31).  It was extended by UN Human Rights Council resolutions 6/29 in 2007, 15/22 in 2010, and 24/6 in 2013. 

The Special Rapporteur gathers and reports on information pertaining to the right to health and is requested to collaborate with governments, civil society, the World Health Organization, and other organizations to promote its realization.  The Rapporteur conducts country visits to investigate and report on the level of enjoyment of the right to health and, in response to invitations, has conducted missions to the World Trade Organization, international financial institutions and GlaxoSmithKline.  The Special Rapporteur has also examined the practices of private companies and has prepared Human Rights Guidelines for Pharmaceutical Companies in relation to Access to Medicines (scroll to p. 6).  The mandate holder receives individual complaints and communicates allegations to the parties involved.

The current UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health is Dainius Pūras, appointed in August 2014. The Special Rapporteur from August 2008 to July 2014 was Anand Grover, and the Special Rapporteur from August 2002 to July 2008 was Paul Hunt.

Reports by former Rapporteurs relating to the private sector include:

- Report to the General Assembly; main focus on the accountability deficit of transnational corporations, Anand Grover, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, 11 August 2014

- Report on access to medicines and intellectual property; report on right to health and TRIPS agreement, Anand Grover, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, 31 Mar 2009

- Mission to GlaxoSmithKline, Paul Hunt, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, 2 Jun 2009

- Report on accountability and human rights guidelines for pharmaceutical companies in relation to access to medicines (A/63/263), Paul Hunt, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, 11 Aug 2008

For further details, see:

- Official UN site for UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health

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