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Objectives

The "Foundation for Pain Treatment as a Human Right" dully registered at the Department of State of Puerto Rico on November 08, 2002 established as its main goal to promote the Treatment of Pain to the level of one of the Fundamental Rights of Human Beings. Today the organization is actively dedicating its efforts and resources to:

  1. Promote and encourage others to explicitly recognize and support throughout the World the moral concept of the Treatment of Pain as a natural Human Right, its implicitness within the Human Rights legislation and accords on the Right to Health and to sponsor the implementation and creation of the appropriate legal instruments for the protection, respect and fulfillment of such right .
  2. Promote and encourage local governments to explicitly acknowledge and pronounce the Treatment of Pain as a natural Human Right within that country, to recognize its implicitness within the Human Rights legislation, treaties and accords on the Right to Health, and to implement the appropriate legal instruments for the protection, respect and fulfillment of such right .
  3. Promote and encourage the members of regional alliances of governments on the explicit recognition and pronouncement on the Treatment of Pain as a natural Human Right within that region, its implicitness within the Human Rights legislation, treaties and accords on the Right to Health, and to sponsor the implementation and promotion of appropriate legal instruments for the protection, respect and fulfillment of such right .
  4. Promote and encourage that the World Health Organization (WHO) officially recognizes that chronic pain constitute a disease by itself, and consequently, acknowledges its implicitness within the WHO and Human Rights legislation, treaties and accords on the Right to Health. Asks also for the collaboration of the organization on the implementation and promotion of the appropriate legal instruments for the protection, respect and fulfillment of the treatment of pain as a human right .
  5. Promote and encourage that the United Nations Permanent Committee on Human Rights explicitly recognizes and proclaims the Treatment of Pain as a natural Human Right and its implicitness within the Human Rights legislation, treaties and accords on the Right to Health. The Initiative asks also for the collaboration of the organization on the promotion and implementation of the appropriate legal instruments for the protection, respect and fulfillment of such right .
  6. Promote and encourage the General Assembly of the United Nations to proclaim a resolution on the explicit recognition of the Treatment of Pain as a natural Human Right and its implicitness within the Human Rights legislation, treaties and accords on the Right to Health. The Initiative asks also for the collaboration of the organization on the promotion and implementation of the appropriate legal instruments for the international protection, respect and fulfillment of such right .
  7. As a non governmental organization (NGO), work and collaborate with the Committee on Human Rights, with the World Health Organization, with the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, with any other UN committee, with the special reporteurs in charge of advancing and promoting the New Millennium resolution, with other NGO's, with the different pain Initiatives around the World, with governments, educational systems, individual's and the media, with as many States as possible, with representatives of UNAIDS, UNICEF, with national and international human rights institutions, United Nations treaty bodies, independent experts on human rights, experts in international law, health professionals civil society organizations, Ministers of health and other ministries implied, the United Nations Population Fund, the World Bank, the International Monetary Found (IMF), research organizations, and all possible relevant agencies, business organizations and individuals to promote the treatment of pain to the level of one of the fundamental rights of human beings and to encourages its fulfillment through the appropriate legal instruments.
  8. Invite all the different pain organizations around the World to collaborate in the study and promotion of this initiative .
  9. Integrate all the possible intellectual work that contemplates the Treatment of Pain as a Human Right in order to promote national, regional and international legislation to give legal stature to that moral and humanitarian concept .
  10. Promote the pronouncement of public figures in all areas of human endeavors in favor of the concepts that are the fundamental principles of the Initiative .
  11. Promote that the multinational trade agreements contemplate the appropriate sharing of human resources, research, medications and technology always in view of the best procurement of health in general and the treatment of pain in particular. Provisions should be taken to make those goods affordable and if possible cheaper to the poor and underdeveloped societies as contemplated on the article 15 of the International Covenant on Economical, Social and Cultural Rights that call member nations to: "…promote the enjoyment of the benefits of scientific progress and advances in equitable manner by all members of the human community"
  12. Identify, and help others to do so, the best practices for the best operation of the right to pain treatment at the community, national and international levels.
  13. Discuss and evaluate the reaches of the Right to Pain Treatment with national an international financial institutions.
  14. Determine the treatment of pain throughout the world including laws, policies, good or bad practices and obstacles.
  15. Help the different governments to recognize the right of Pain Treatment and apply it coherently across all relevant national and international police making processes.
  16. Make individuals, societies and governments alike aware of the United Nations Millennium Declaration and the resolution of the Commission on Human Rights to ensure that the Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights is taken into account in all the relevant national and international police-making processes. Ask them also to be sure that the global epidemic of chronic pain is properly and explicitly recognized as one of the Millennium Development Goals immersed within the "health-related goals" and the right to health. Make them also aware of the fact that the "Economic, social and cultural rights are the heart of the millennium development goals"
  17. Contact Special Rapporteur, Paul Hunt that was appointed in resolution 2002/31 of the Commission on Human Rights with the mandate to focus on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. The Special Rapporteur commit himself in his report dated February 13, 2003 to consider in the course of his work, the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDG's) through the prism of the right to health, with a view to contributing to their realization. The Special Rapporteur acknowledged that the fifth MDG on a global partnership for development bear closely upon the right to health and that, 8 of the 16 MDG's "targets" and 17 of the MDG's 48 "indicators" are health related. The Special Rapporteur is being informed of all the contents aims and purposes of this Initiative, the supports that it has received around the world, its current status within various governments, the WHO, the Commission on Human Rights, all other UN committees, NGO's, officials, pain an medical associations and a comprehensive report of the whole project. The Special Repporteur is being asked to work on the explicit recognition of the treatment of pain as a human right in view of the Millennium Declaration, the Millennium Development Goals and the officially stated objectives of his commission .

 

 
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