The UN Special Rapporteur

IFHHRO actively supports the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the enjoyment of the highest attainable standards of physical and mental health, also known as the Right to Health. In 2002, the United Nations appointed for the first time a Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Prof. Paul Hunt from New Zealand. He was requested to work in cooperation with States, inter-governmental organisations and civil society; to report on the status of the Right to Health around the world; and to make recommendations on appropriate measures to promote and protect this human right.

In 2014, the UN Human Rights Council appointed Dainius Puras, a psychiatrist from Lithuania, as the third Special Rapporteur. His predecessor was Anand Grover from India, who served from 2008 to 2014. 

More on the UN Special Rapporteur (on the IFHHRO Right to Health Wiki)

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