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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Vienna+20: Magdalena Sepulveda

The Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Magdalena Sepulveda, explores the main advances that have been achieved in the field of economic and social rights since the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action was signed in 1993, and looks to the key challenges for the years ahead. Ms Sepulveda was speaking at CESR's 'Vienna+20' conference in Geneva on 20 May 2013

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CESR+20: Geoff Budlender

South African High Court Judge and CESR board member Geoff Budlender SC explains the importance of the Center's achievements over the past 20 years, with special reference to the African setting. Mr Budlender was one of the founders of the Legal Resources Centre, South Africa's leading public interest law centre, and Director-General of the Department of Land Affairs under the Mandela administration.

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CESR+20: Irene Khan

Irene Khan is Director General of the International Development Law Organization and a member of CESR's board. Here she discusses CESR's contribution to the field, and the importance bridging gaps between the economic and social rights sphere and the broader social justice movement. Ms Khan previously worked for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in a variety of positions, including senior executive officer to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and head of the UNHCR team in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia during the Kosovo crisis in 1999.

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