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News and Events, Our Work | November 14, 2018
Celebrating CESR's 25th Anniversary: Event Photos

CESR 25th Anniversary Reception

News and Events | November 13, 2018
Are Human Rights Relevant to Economic Inequality? A response through the lens of social protection

Ignacio Saiz and Kate Donald's submission to Social Protection and Human Rights discussed the relevance of human rights to economic inequality debates.

News and Events | November 1, 2018
ESPI provides alternative to traditional economic indicators that ignore the disenfranchised

Mahinour El-Badrawi was interviewed about ESPI for Tax Justice Network's Arabic Podcast.

News and Events | October 30, 2018
CESR allies with ICRICT to re-envision international corporate tax rules

ICRICT, an independent, nonpartisan group of global tax experts, seeks to reform the international corporate taxation system by fostering a broad-based, inclusive discussion of the rules governing how multinationals are taxed.

News and Events | October 30, 2018
South Africa urged to end austerity measures amid "unacceptably high levels of inequality"

Civil society inputs documenting rights deprivations in health, education, tax policies were crucial to CESCR recommendation.

News and Events | October 30, 2018
Labor rights and workplace equality in Egypt: new measure finds progress lacking

The Egypt Social Progress Indicators (ESPI) project recently released findings reflecting an overall need for broad policy changes to improve labor rights, working conditions and wage trends.

News and Events | October 24, 2018
Beyond Boundaries: allying human rights with other struggles for economic and social justice

Groundbreaking gathering of diverse social justice movements affirmed the need to maintain a focus on long-term systemic change and a commitment to reciprocity and mutual learning.

News and Events | October 4, 2018
UN Committee interrogates harmful austerity policies in South Africa after receiving compelling evidence from civil society groups

PRESS RELEASE: The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights grilled the South African government delegation on healthcare and education cuts, regressive tax changes and rampant corruption at country’s first review.

News and Events | October 1, 2018
Civil society organizations urge South Africa to end austerity measures and combat inequality

As South Africa presents its first human rights compliance report to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, CSOs call for a human rights-based approach to fiscal and economic policy, steps to tackle corruption and increased funding for healthcare and education.

News and Events | September 11, 2018
Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2018—Geneva Launch of the Civil Society Reflection Group Report

On September 17th at the Geneva headquarters of the UN, key findings and recommendations of the 2018 global Spotlight Report will be presented and discussed from various perspectives.

News and Events | July 31, 2018
Defenders’ Forum reaffirms indivisibility of human rights and of movements fighting for them

CESR’s Executive Director Ignacio Saiz joined more than 60 human rights defenders from across the globe at the annual Human Rights Defenders Forum hosted by the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia from 21-24 July. This year’s Forum, entitled “Restoring Faith in Freedom”, included a focus on economic and social rights and their role in restoring the social contract.

News and Events | July 24, 2018
CESR at HLPF 2018: Urging Action and Exploring Alternatives

At the 2018  HLPF on Sustainable Development, CESR dedicated its efforts to recognizing that the SDGs require urgent and concrete action to remedy inequalities, with rights-based fiscal policies a key tool in that endeavor.

News and Events | July 17, 2018
Do Metrics Matter? Accountability for Economic and Social Rights in Post- Revolution Egypt

In Economic and Social Rights in a Neoliberal World, Allison Corkery and Heba Khalil identify the ways in which quantification can help build civil society power while challenging neoliberalism in Egypt.

News and Events | July 12, 2018
Join our community call sharing OPERA Stories

CESR will be hosting a second community call for our OPERA House project next Monday, July 16th.

News and Events | July 10, 2018
Did austerity create a "lost decade" for sustainable development and human rights? Evidence and proposals from the national level

2018 VNRS--are these countries' fiscal austerity policies compatible with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda? CESR event on Thursday, July 19th at the High-Level Political Forum, 1:15-2:45 p.m., Church Center, 777 UN Plaza, 10th Floor.

News and Events | July 9, 2018
NGO Major Group statement, July 9th, 2018, morning session HLPF 2018

Delivered by Kate Donald, of the Center for Economic & Social Rights, speaking on behalf of the NGO Major Group

News and Events | July 9, 2018
Sustainable development off-track without fundamental policy changes

Spotlight 2018 reports that the "world is off-track in terms of achieving sustainable development..."

News and Events | July 5, 2018
High-Level Political Forum 2018: An opportunity to bring the SDGs back on track?

At the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development at the UN, CESR will advocate for reorienting SDG implementation so it is compatible with human rights and fiscal justice.

News and Events | July 5, 2018
Reducing inequalities through urgent action on WASH: SDG6 as an enabler for achieving the 2030 Agenda for all

"Reducing Inequalities through urgent action on WASH," an HLPF side-event co-sponsored by CESR, WaterAid, Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the governments of Bolivia, Canada, Mozambique and Nepal, will be held on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018, from 1:15-3:30 p.m.,  at the Japan Society, 333 E 47th Street, New York.

News and Events | July 5, 2018
HLPF Workshop on Monitoring SDGs, claiming rights and meaningful participation: Strategies and tools for civil society

Representatives from CESR, OHCHR, CIVICUS, GCAP and the Arab NGO Network for Development will present and HLPF Workshop on Monitoring SDGs, claiming rights and meaningful participation: Strategies and tools for civil society on Tuesday, July 10th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Church Center, 777 United Nations Plaza, 2nd Floor, New York.

News and Events | July 2, 2018
Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2018 Report Release Event

CESR and fellow authors of the newly published Civil Society Report, "Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2018, Exploring new policy pathways: How to overcome obstacles and contradictions in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda," will hold a roundtable discussion on July 12th, 2018, from 6:15-7:45 p.m. at the Church Center, 10th Floor, 777 UN Plaza, New York.

News and Events | June 20, 2018
CESR's Allison Corkery selected as Residential Fellow at the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity

Allison Corkery will be joining the 2018-19 cohort of Residential Fellows of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

News and Events | June 18, 2018
Geneva Panel—Social Protection and Austerity: The Role for the IMF and Human Rights

On June 22nd in Geneva, Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston and CESR, ATD Fourth World and the Global Initiative for ESCR will present a panel on "Social Protection and Austerity: The Role for the IMF and Human Rights."

News and Events | June 18, 2018
Developing Practical Guidance on "Maximum Available Resources"

On June 26, 2018, CESR, Dejusticia, the Permanent Mission of Portugal to the UN and other international organizations present a side event on "Developing Practical Guidance on Maximum Available Resources" at the 38th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

News and Events | June 13, 2018
UN submission says that all development is not human rights aligned

A recent joint submission by CESR and partners to the UN Human Rights Council objected to the suggestion that development always contributes to human rights realization.

News and Events | June 8, 2018
High Commissioner reports on civil society engagement with international and regional organizations

A CESR submission regarding limited civil society space at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development was referenced in a report by the High Commissioner on Human Rights.

News and Events | May 29, 2018
Rising inequality is a wake-up call for human rights

Media: Ignacio Saiz writes in Open Global Rights that the challenges economic inequality poses for human rights are not the death knell for the movement but a wake-up call for a more holistic approach.

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