On 4 February 2013, CESR and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice hosted a panel event and reception in NYU's Faculty of Law to celebrate 20 years of economic and social rights advocacy and take stock of the challenges still facing the human rights movement in making these rights a reality.
Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, talks to CESR about progress and setbacks for economic and social rights over the past two decades. In this interview she discusses the Millennium Development Goals and challenges emanating from the 'War on Terror'
United Nations Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region and former High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson talks to CESR about the anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and the post-2015 development agenda.
On 22 October 2013, CESR and Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute hosted a conversation with Dr. Magdalena Sepúlveda, Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, and Professor Olivier de Schutter, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. With most of the current mandate holders focusing on economic, social and cultural rights due to complete their terms in 2014, the discussion was a timely opportunity for civil society organizations, practitioners, academics and students to share views on how these unique mechanisms can better achieve their goals.
On September 24 CESR, together with its partners IBON International and Amnesty International, organized a side event athe the United Nations in New York to push for the proper inclusion of human rights in the post-2015 development framework. This event, which enjoyed the support of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the permanent missions of Finland and Argentina to the United Nations, took place as the General Assembly met to discuss a process for agreeing the new development agenda. This video includes highlights from presentations at the side event.
El Grupo de trabajo está formado por miembros de la Red-DESC interesados en monitoreo. Todos los miembros de la Red-DESC son bienvenidos a unirse al grupo.
The Working Group is made up of ESCR-Net members interested in monitoring. All ESCR-Net members are welcome to join the group. Monitoring describes a range of activities that seek to track progress in realizing ESCR and to identify and document deprivations of these rights. The Working Group seeks to promote dialogue about how new tools and techniques may be employed—individually or in combination—to more effectively monitor socio-economic policies and strengthen accountability for states' human rights obligations.
Bruce Porter, Director of the Social Rights Advocacy Center in Canada, explores the significance of the Optional Protocol to the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and examines the need to incorporate the voice of claimants and to effect institutional change in order to ensure meaningful impact
CESR co-founder Roger Normand reflects on the Center's beginnings back in 1993. He also discusses how he and co-founders Chris Jochnick and Sarah Zaidi tackled the organization's first projects in Iraq and Ecuador.
Gaston Chillier, Director of CELS (The Center for Legal and Social Studies) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, discusses progress in the field of economic, social and cultural rights since the 1993 Vienna Declaration, and gives his views on key issues such as justiciability, inequality and incorporation into public policy.