CESR Official UN Submissions

CESR routinely works in front of the United Nations to uphold economic and social rights. Some of the advocacy work we do at the UN level in Geneva and New York involves official submissions of reports and publications through the UN's various mechanisms and committees for monitoring economic and social rights.

Often, these are our reviews of how various countries have upheld their obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the right to education, health, food, water, housing, work and other economic and social rights as enshrined in UN treaties and international law. Frequently, we work in collaboration with other non-governmental and civil society organizations to create joint submissions.

Included below are some of CESR's recent official submissions to the UN's Human Rights Council, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, the Committee on the Rights of the Child and other UN bodies.

In addition, CESR also produces analyses of many countries' economic and social rights records through its "Visualizing Rights" country fact sheet series. Those country fact sheets help graphically illustrate the condition of governments' economic and social rights obligations, and are an additional way to enable intergovernmental human rights mechanisms, such as the UN, and national and international NGOs, monitor governments' compliance with their economic, social and cultural rights obligations.

Maternal Mortality: Submission to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
CESR's submission on best practices in addressing maternal mortality (2011).
Spain: Submission to UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)
CESR's joint submission with Observatori DESC on economic, social and cultural rights in Spain, to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights for its 46th Session (late 2011).
Syria: Submission to UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
CESR's joint submission with the Arab NGO Network for Development to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for the 12th session of the Universal Periodic Review, October 2011.
Sexual and Reproductive Health: Submission to UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)
CESR's submission on the right to sexual and reproductive health, to be discussed by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights during its 45th Session on November 15, 2010.
United States: Submission to UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
CESR's individual and an NGO joint submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the occasion of the ninth session of the Universal Periodic Review, November 2010
Guatemala: Joint Submission to the UN Human Rights Committee
August 6th, 2010
CESR, in cooperation with the Multidisciplinary Group on Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Guatemala and Planned Parenthood Federation of America, submitted a report to the Human Rights Committee about health and economic issues affecting women in Guatemala, July 2010.
Guatemala: Submission to UN's Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
CESR joint submission with Instituto Centroamericano de Estudios Fiscales (ICEFI) to the UN's Committee on the Rights of the Child, for its 54th session, May 2010 (en español)
Egypt: Submission to UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
NGO joint submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the occasion of the seventh session of the Universal Periodic Review, 2010
Cambodia: Submission to UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
CESR individual submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the occasion of the sixth session of the Universal Periodic Review, December 2009
Equatorial Guinea: Submission to UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
CESR individual submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the occasion of the sixth session of the Universal Periodic Review, December 2009.
Guatemala: Submission to UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
Submission by the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) and Instituto Centroamericano de Estudios Fiscales (ICEFI) to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the occasion of the second session of the Universal Periodic Review, May 2008
Guatemala: Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on Education
(En español) Hallazgos y conclusiones preliminares del informe: "¿Derechos o Privilegios?: El compromiso fiscal con la salud, la educación y la alimentación en Guatemala" (2008)
Accountability for the post-2015 agenda: A proposal for a robust global review mechanism
CESR - along with Amnesty International, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Human Rights Watch – has developed a proposal for a robust monitoring mechanism for post-2015 development.
Taking Spain's austerity measures to task at the United Nations
UN submission: As Spain appeared before the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights for the first time in eight years, CESR has presented two new documents in Geneva.