Voices for Social Justice: The Influence and Impact of the United Nations Special Procedures

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.

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Visions and Voices for Human Rights (24 September 2013)

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.

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ESCR-Net Monitoring Working Group

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.

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Vienna+20: Bruce Porter

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

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Vienna+20: Gaston Chillier

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.

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