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Blog | December 10, 2021
Time for a Rights-Based Economy (the inequality-based one isn’t working)

Human Rights Day message from our Executive Director, Ignacio Saiz

Publications, Submissions | November 17, 2021
CESR's Submission to UN’s Independent Expert on Foreign Debt

We urge Prof. Attiya Waris to investigate the linkages between rising debt, tax systems, governance, and climate action.

News and Events | November 11, 2021
CESR Highlights the Importance of Human Rights to Combat Illicit Financial Flows

The Principles for Human Rights in Fiscal Policy were presented at the 4th Conference on the Right to Development & Illicit Financial Flows from Africa.

Blog | October 12, 2021
Platforming Workers’ Rights in Global Tax Deals

Will the new “global solutions'' being proposed for taxing multinationals align with workers’ rights? In this new post, we analyze the links between global tax deal proposals and the lives of platform workers.

Publications | October 10, 2021
Learning From Our Community

What have we learned from our organizations mobilizing for economic transformation in the wake of COVID-19.

News and Events | October 8, 2021
Principles for Human Rights in Fiscal Policy: a necessary input to discuss the Business and Human Rights agenda

The Principles were highlighted at two important events on the links between businesses and human rights.

Opinion, Publications | August 14, 2021
Tax Reforms and Global Redistribution: Situating the Global South

In this commentary piece for Economic & Political Weekly, our Program Officer, Sakshi Rai, argues for an urgent overhaul of the international financial system, as it continues to undermine workers' rights.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | August 5, 2021
Aligning Demands for a Just Recovery

We organized two community calls with partners and allies from across the social, economic, and environmental justice movements. In this brief publication, you can find out more about what we learned about working together for a rights-based economic transformation in the wake of COVID-19.

Blog | June 11, 2021
Global Minimum Tax: G7 Agreement Lacks in Legitimacy, Fails to Tackle the Root of the Problem

A truly progressive global tax reform must aim for the fair allocation of taxing rights for Global South countries, challenging the colonial foundations of the international financial system and giving all countries an equal seat at the table.

Blog | June 8, 2021
Reclaiming the Narrative: Using Data to Shift Power for Economic and Social Rights

Human rights can help us examine how power is reproduced in the production, collection, and use of data. They also suggest how we can correct these imbalances and distortions. We are engaging in collective efforts to develop data principles for economic, social, and cultural rights.

Blog | May 13, 2021
Zooming Out: Strategizing for a Just Recovery in Virtual Spaces

We recently experimented with a new format for sparking conversations online, gathering more than 50 partners and allies. The result? Valuable insights on the shared challenges of building a just recovery from COVID-19.

Academic pieces, Publications | May 10, 2021
Freeing Fiscal Space: A Human Rights Imperative in Response to COVID-19

Our Executive Director, Ignacio Saiz, contributed to a new issue of GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS, published by the Development and Peace Foundation (SEF).

Academic pieces, Publications | April 22, 2021
Rights Not Debts

CESR contributed to Progressive International's Debt Justice Blueprint, a series of essays that tackle the different dimensions of debt.

Blog | April 5, 2021
Time for a Human Rights Injection Against Vaccine Nationalism

Wealthy countries and their pharmaceutical companies have shown themselves too selfish to be politely persuaded to show solidarity with those on the other side of the vaccine divide. It’s time to deploy a fuller arsenal of tools to compel them to cooperate as a matter of justice and human rights.

Blog | March 5, 2021
When Will the G20 Honor Its Debt to Human Rights?

Last week, we saw a flood of civil society actions and demands that all amount to a similar urgent task: to dismantle and rebuild our current global economic system.

Blog | March 4, 2021
Embedding Human Rights in Economic Responses: Learnings From Recovering Rights

At the end of last year, we asked readers and co-authors of our Recovering Rights series for their feedback. Here we share some of the insights we heard and lessons we’ve learned from this exercise.

Blog | February 19, 2021
A Rights-Based Economy: In Critical Times, a Roadmap for Action

We will not recover from this crisis by reviving "economic growth", but by transforming our broken system for good. A Rights-Based Economy offers a blueprint for change.

Blog | February 10, 2021
Confronting COVID: How Civil Society is Responding Across Countries | The Rights of Persons With Disabilities

Polly Meeks, Elizabeth Lockwood, and Mohammed Ali Loutfy discuss the dire impact of the pandemic on persons with disabilities and how to effectively uphold their rights.

News and Events | December 18, 2020
CESR participates in the Global South Women's Forum on Disrupting Macroeconomics

From 14-18 December 2020, CESR participated in the Global South Women's Forum on Disrupting Macroeconomics, organized by International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP).

News and Events | December 14, 2020
COVID-19: Resourcing Rights | December Round-Up

As this tumultuous and difficult year comes to a close, there is positive news on the horizon. Just last week, the first country launched its national COVID-19 vaccination campaign, with other countries set to follow suit within weeks. There is an end to the pandemic in sight - for some.

News and Events | October 26, 2020
Envisioning a rights-based economy: new report from CESR and Christian Aid

Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) and Christian Aid are launching a new publication, A Rights-Based Economy: Putting people and planet first. It asks a radical question: what would it would look like if we had an economy based on human rights?

Publications, Reports & Briefings | October 26, 2020
A Rights-Based Economy: Putting people and planet first

What would it would look like if we had an economy based on human rights? CESR and Christian Aid explore this question in A Rights-Based Economy: Putting people and planet first.

Blog, Publications | October 25, 2020
COVID-19: Recovering Rights Series

How might our economies be transformed in the wake of COVID-19 if our rights and dignity were placed at their center? The Recovering Rights series aims to spark collective debate on this question.

Books, Publications | October 20, 2020
Research Handbook on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as Human Rights

This exciting new Research Handbook on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as Human Rights, published by Edward Elgar, provides a comprehensive, cutting edge analysis of economic, social and cultural rights. It also explores the connection between these and other rights. It combines practitioner and academic perspectives—including from CESR and a number of our partners and allies—to offer an authoritative analysis of standards and jurisprudence.

News and Events | October 19, 2020
Spotlight Report Outlines "8R Agenda" for Transformational Recovery

The 2020 edition of the Spotlight Report, launched September 17, 2020, argues policy responses to COVID-19 must not return us to the deeply dysfunctional, structurally unequal status quo and offers as an alternative the “8 R” agenda for transformational recovery.

News and Events | October 16, 2020
COVID-19: Resourcing Rights | October Round-Up

A round-up of CESR's work on COVID-19 from September and October 2020.

Our Work, Publications | October 15, 2020
2019 Annual Report

CESR's annual report for 2019 surveys the impact of our work in a year when millions around the world took to the streets. It shares some of the progress we made—in countries around the world, in international human rights and development spaces, and in the broader field of social justice activism which we serve.

Blog | October 14, 2020
Confronting COVID: How Civil Society is Responding Across Countries | Minority Rights

Joshua Castellino from Minority Rights Group discusses the impact COVID-19 has had on minorities by reinforcing inequalities, while also providing a way to shift these paradigms going forward.

Academic pieces, Publications | October 14, 2020
International Journal of Human Rights: Special Issue on human rights and economic policy reform

Volume 24, Issue 9 of the International Journal of Human Rights is a special issue, co-edited by Aoife Nolan and Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky. It brings together experts working on human rights and economic policy from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including economics, law, and development studies.

News and Events, Statements | October 6, 2020
Civil society raises alarm about IMF’s continued backing of austerity amidst pandemic

CESR joins over 500 civil society organizations and academics in issuing a joint letter calling on the IMF to immediately stop promoting austerity around the world, and instead advocate for policies that advance gender justice, reduce inequality.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | September 17, 2020
Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2020

The 2020 edition builds on the previous years’ analysis of structural obstacles to sustainable development and proposals for transformative change, but unpacks them with relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

News and Events | August 6, 2020
Confronting COVID-19 by Demanding Rights | August 2020 Round-Up

CESR continues to produce work that reflects on economic responses to COVID-19 and related advocacy efforts across movements and countries.

Manuals & Guides, Publications | July 27, 2020
An Advocacy Toolkit for Fiscal Justice and Human Rights

The Advocacy Toolkit assists civil society organizations who want to leverage human rights standards and strategies in their pursuit of accountability for injustices rooted in economic policy.

News and Events | June 18, 2020
COVID-19: Resourcing Rights—June 2020 Round-Up

CESR is working to spark conversations about how human rights standards and commitments can be used to help shape equitable responses to the economic fallout of COVID.

News and Events | June 17, 2020
Human Rights Law Must Help Shape Government Responses to COVID-19

Allison Corkery's blog post at Equal Times emphasizes how upholding socioeconomic rights in a pandemic remains an obligation—and the law.

Our Work | June 3, 2020
Envisioning a Rights-Based Economy: CESR’s New Strategy 2020-2023

CESR releases its 2020-2023 strategy in a moment ripe for mobilization towards systemic change. At its heart is an ambitious goal to envision a human rights-based economy and catalyze action towards it.

News and Events | May 21, 2020
Time for a Rights-Based Global Economic Stimulus to Tackle COVID-19

During this pandemic, economic rescue packages—nationally and globally—must protect the socioeconomic rights of those most at risk.

News and Events | May 4, 2020
Unions Must Support a Stronger Public COVID-19 Response and a New Global Economy

CESR board member and Public Services International General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli calls for a labor movement response to #COVID19 that boldly demands a new global economy.

News and Events | May 4, 2020
CESCR Statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights asserts that in the midst of the pandemic, States are obligated under international human rights law to devote their maximum available resources to the full realization of all economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to health, in the most equitable manner.

News and Events | May 4, 2020
Invest in the Care Economy for a Just, Green, Feminist COVID-19 Response and Recovery

CESR and over 125 networks, trade unions, and organizations are demanding a COVID-19 response and recovery that is just, green, and feminist. As burdens frequently shouldered by women continue to worsen in the midst of the pandemic, we call for a greatly expanded investment in the “care economy."

News and Events | April 17, 2020
CESR's Sergio Chaparro Discusses COVID-19 Debt Relief on International News Network France 24

Chaparro said that while the G20's agreement to suspend debt payments from pooer countries was welcome, it did not go far enough.

Blog | April 16, 2020
Strategy in the Time of COVID-19

As CESR takes stock of the implications of the pandemic for its longer-term organizational strategy, we reflect on the challenges and opportunities the crisis presents to leveraging human rights more effectively in struggles for economic justice.

Blog | March 27, 2020
Time for a Rights-Based Global Economic Stimulus to Tackle COVID-19

Safeguarding human rights in economic responses to the COVID-19 crisis demands governments finally lay to rest the prevailing dogma of austerity.

News and Events | March 11, 2020
Reviving Beijing's Neglected Macroeconomic Agenda: Tax Justice for Women’s Rights

On March 13, CESR co-sponsors a CSW parallel event on tax justice for women's rights, organized by the Global Alliance for Tax Justice’s tax and gender working group.

March 5, 2020
Join Our Community Calls

Mobilizing Across Movements for a Just Recovery

Blog | January 28, 2020
What Place for Human Rights in the Growing Movement against Inequality?

How can human rights tools and approaches help amplify the efforts and experiences of those who face inequality on a daily basis?

Blog | January 17, 2020
CESR Asked for Feedback to Inform Its New Strategy: This is What We Heard

CESR is grateful for survey responses from more than 30 partners and allies helping us drill down on key questions to answer as we design our next organizational strategy.

News and Events | December 4, 2019
Going Against the Grain: Human Rights and Working for Change

The Going Against the Grain conference focused on local grassroots initiatives that use human rights as a practical tool to actively take on vested interests and advance economic democracy.

News and Events | November 27, 2019
Global Protests Demand Human Rights Actors Tackle Economic Injustice

Ignacio Saiz' submission to OpenGlobalRightsArticulo en español

Blog | November 8, 2019
Human Rights and the Global Protests: Addressing Systems as well as Symptoms

Human rights advocates should be as concerned with the economic injustices giving rise to recent worldwide demonstrations as with the repressive responses to them.

News and Events | November 7, 2019
Assessing Austerity's Impacts on Human Lives

CESR's Sergio Chaparro recently lectured about assessing the human impacts of economic austerity policies at The American University in Cairo.

Blog | November 5, 2019
An Invitation to Help Shape CESR's New Strategy

As CESR develops its next strategic plan, Executive Director Ignacio Saiz asks for feedback to help us position ourselves for greater impact on the critical issues that inform our organizational vision.

Publications | October 18, 2019
2018 Annual Report

On the twenty-fifth anniversary of our founding as the first international NGO committed to enlisting human rights in the struggle for economic and social justice, CESR made important advances in the struggles against austerity and regressive tax policies, as well as implemented innovative tools for rights monitoring and accountability.

News and Events | October 16, 2019
Lessons from Ecuador: Challenging Austerity and Human Rights Erosion at the IMF

CESR will be at the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings this week, challenging the IMF’s global role in driving austerity measures that result in the steady erosion of human rights in countries such as Ecuador.

News and Events | October 15, 2019
Austerity and Human Rights in Ecuador: An Urgent Appeal to the IMF

Fiscal policy cannot be imposed while ignoring people’s rights, as the Indigenous peoples’ protest movement in Ecuador has shown.

News and Events | October 11, 2019
Cutting to the Core: Rethinking the IMF's Way of doing Business to Tackle Gender Inequalities

On Thursday, October 17th at the IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings, this panel discussion asks if the IMF's recent turn to acknowledging gender equality as "macro-critical" has led to meaningfully different outcomes for women affected by Fund-supported macroeconomic policies.

News and Events | October 11, 2019
The IMF and Inequalities: Tensions between Structural Adjustments and Structural Transformations

This discussion on Thursday, October 17th at the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings debates the balance between IMF-advised structural adjustments and the need for systemic changes in financial governance, to ensure governments can achieve SDG 10 and tackle inequalities on multiple levels.

Blog | September 20, 2019
Striking at the Roots of the Climate Crisis

The climate crisis is also a human rights crisis that requires a courageous, informed and robust response from the human rights community.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | August 8, 2019
The Next Act for OPERA

Consultations with partners who use the OPERA framework found that users need practical guidance and creative models.

News and Events | July 26, 2019
Speaking Truth to Power: Growing the Movement to Fight Inequality

Stark power imbalances are fueling extreme global inequality and cross-movement alliances within civil society are needed to combat the problem.

Blog | July 26, 2019
Technocratic Fiddling While the Planet Burns: Towards a Higher Level of Ambition for the HLPF

The 2019 HLPF had admirable rhetoric, but not much evidence of serious efforts at comprehensive implementation, and a host of major flaws and limitations to contend with.

Publications | July 9, 2019
Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2019

The 2019 Spotlight Report analyzes how current global and national governance arrangements are hindering implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

News and Events | July 8, 2019
Spotlight on Inequalities at High-Level SDG Forum 2019

The Spotlight on Sustainable Development Report 2019 asserts that successful implementation of the SDGs requires more holistic and more sweeping shifts in how and where power is vested, including through institutional, legal and political commitments to realizing human rights.

Publications | June 26, 2019
Tax Justice and Human Rights: Overview of CESR Materials

Tax Justice and Human Rights: An Overview of Materials from the Center for Economic and Social Rights

Publications | June 26, 2019
Tackling Economic Inequality Through Human Rights: Overview of CESR Materials

Tacking Economic Inequality Through Human Rights: An Overview of Materials from the Center for Economic and Social Rights

Publications | June 14, 2019
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Overview of CESR materials

Key CESR publications relating to the SDGs.

News and Events | April 12, 2019
Highlighting Austerity, Gender and Tax Issues at IMF, World Bank Spring Meetings 2019

In April 2019, Kate Donald (the Director of CESR’s Economic and Social Policy program) attended the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington, DC. While there, she shared CESR’s research in several meetings with IMF officials, including work on the relationship between tax policy and gender equality, along with civil society partners and allies.

Blog | December 20, 2018
Milestones and tipping points

As 2018 ends, Executive Director Ignacio Saiz discusses the 70th anniversary of the UDHR and the 25th anniversary of CESR, both celebrated this year, as well as CESR's work supporting the UDHR's agenda of social and economic justice.

Blog | December 20, 2018
Snapshots from a Lost Decade for human rights: Ten years since the financial crisis

Slideshow illustrates the impacts of CESR's collaborative work monitoring austerity policies and other effects of the 2008 financial crisis.

Publications | November 9, 2018
Center for Economic and Social Rights Brochure

CESR promotes socioeconomic and development policies that reduce inequality and realize economic and social rights, and we support efforts by civil society and affected communities to claim their rights. 

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 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.

Blog | August 20, 2018
Rights and resources: fostering governments' compliance with human rights

Governments can realize maximum available resources by referencing current distributional debates and establishing hard law solutions via the international human rights ecosystem.

Blog | August 6, 2018
OPERA House Survey Results: A diverse set of users with a diverse set of needs

OPERA House partner survey results have given us a clearer picture of who is using OPERA, CESR's ESC rights monitoring framework, and how it is being used.

Blog | July 30, 2018
Five key takeaways from the 2018 High Level Political Forum

Valuable information competes with State propaganda and sectoral bubbles while civil society gets sidelined.

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.

Publications | July 16, 2018
Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2018

Spotlight Report 2018 asserts that fundamental policy changes are necessary for the SDGs to meet their potential.

Publications | July 13, 2018
What are the obstacles to sustainable development? HLPF postcards illustrate national level lessons

Country postcards produced for the High-Level Political Forum draw attention to systemic obstacles impeding the SDGs.

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 | 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.

Blog | June 7, 2018
UN poverty expert urges the U.S. to “get real about taxes”

U.N. poverty expert Philip Alston's report on U.S. poverty reflects CESR concerns about effects of tax cuts on human rights and inequality.

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.

Blog | May 17, 2018
Rights in an Age of Austerity: Encouraging Fiscal Alternatives at the IMF

This spring, CESR challenged the IMF to stop supporting harmful fiscal consolidation measures, as in Brazil, Peru, Spain and Egypt,

Blog | May 17, 2018
Human rights must rise to the challenge of growing inequality, not retreat in defeat

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.

News and Events | May 16, 2018
Human Rights in an Age of Austerity: casualty or compass?

Media: Preventing another “lost decade” will require us to see human rights values not as merely collateral damage of economic policy, but as cogent and universal norms actively guiding tough fiscal dilemmas in the public’s interest.

Blog | May 11, 2018
The next act for OPERA

The OPERA House project asks which tools human rights activists need to better understand and tackle the unjust socioeconomic structures that cause so many of the world’s human rights violations.

News and Events | May 2, 2018
Is Human Rights Advocacy Off Track?

Media: IHRB blog post by Salil Tripathi in response to Samuel Moyne points out CESR as an organization with a track record of using human rights to campaign for distributional fairness.

Publications | May 1, 2018
Mapping evidence in national litigation on economic and social rights

Courts rely on specialized evidence like technical data in pursuing an economic and social rights claim.        

Blog | April 26, 2018
Economic inequality and human rights: towards a more nuanced assessment

The challenges facing human rights are not the death knell for the movement, but a wake up call for a more holistic approach.

News and Events | April 25, 2018
The SDGs and gender equality: empty promises or beacon of hope?

Media: Kate Donald and Silke Staab's submission to Open Global Rights on the importance of linking the SDGs to human rights to advance gender equality.

Blog | April 24, 2018
The next act for OPERA: Part 2—How do we get there?

CESR wants to deepen its understanding of who is currently using OPERA or its related methodological tools, and how. We’re inviting interested collaborators to sign up to learn more about getting involved in the OPERA House project.

Blog | April 19, 2018
The next act for OPERA: Part 1—From where to where?

What tools do human rights activists need to better understand, and, more importantly, tackle, the unjust socioeconomic structures that cause so many of the world’s human rights violations? The Center for Economic and Social Rights is excited to embark on a new project over the next six months—the OPERA House—that seeks to answer that question.

Blog | April 17, 2018
IMF Springs: Reconciling conflicting messages on austerity and inequality

At the Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank this week, CESR will share its work on human rights in times of austerity, and will promote more sufficient, equitable and accountable fiscal policies that uphold human rights.

Basic page, News and Events | April 17, 2018
A Lost Decade for Equality, Development and Human Rights?

A Lost Decade for Equality, Development and Human Rights? Assessing Austerity and its Alternatives 10 years after the global financial crisis Friday, April 20th | 9-10.30amInternational Monetary Fund HQ2 03B-838B

Publications | April 10, 2018
Assessing Austerity: Monitoring human rights in fiscal crises

Slide presentation to UN Human Rights Council on "Assessing Austerity: Monitoring Human Rights in Fiscal Crises"  

News and Events | April 10, 2018
Assisting Human Rights Council as it assesses rights impacts of austerity

March 1: At UN Human Rights Council, Niko Lusiani supports Guiding Principles for assessing rights impacts of austerity and other economic reform policies.

Publications | March 16, 2018
Executive summary of joint submission to UN CESCR for Spain review, March 2018

Report denounces cuts depriving health, housing, work, sexual and reproductive health rights.

Blog | March 1, 2018
Assessing Austerity: Tools for preventing another Lost Decade for human rights

Setting out a methodological framework for assessing and addressing the human rights impacts of fiscal consolidation.

Publications | February 27, 2018
Assessing Austerity: Monitoring the Human Rights Impacts of Fiscal Consolidation

Practical guidance for policymakers seeking to address the foreseeable human rights consequences of austerity. 

Blog | February 15, 2018
Two years on, can human rights rescue the 2030 Agenda?

Two years since the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development came into force, a “business as usual” approach to implementation risks betraying its lofty ambition to “transform our world.”

Publications | February 12, 2018
Agenda 2030: overview of opportunities to strengthen international and regional human rights frameworks

Remarks by CESR Executive Director Ignacio Saiz at the "Human Rights and Agenda 2030" event in Wilton Park, UK.

Publications | January 31, 2018
Rough Guide to World Development Report: Governance and the Law

Recommendations on how activists can use the WDR to advance economic and social rights.

News and Events | January 12, 2018
Kathryn Sikkink book cites CESR's call for a "tax policy for human rights"

Media:  Human rights expert writes that CESR stands out when citing tax havens as a drain on available resources that could provide adequate economic and social rights.

News and Events | December 21, 2017
Methodological choices in human rights research are political, not just technical

Media: The methods human rights researchers and advocates use determine what injustices we see and prioritize, making methodology far more than just a technical choice.

Blog | December 19, 2017
We can't afford another "lost decade"

Ignacio Saiz explains how CESR’s work this year pinpoints austerity as the single most pervasive threat to economic and social rights worldwide. Please consider making a year-end contribution toward CESR's efforts.

News and Events | December 8, 2017
Ignacio Saiz at UN dialogue discusses aligning SDGs with human rights commitments

28 November: CESR Executive Director Ignacio Saiz joined UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Philip Alston, at UN dialogue focused on aligning SDGs with existing human rights commitments.

Blog | November 21, 2017
Tax abuse and human rights: closing the gap between what’s legal and what’s just.

The Paradise Papers prompt a demand for an international convention ending cross-border tax abuse and financial secrecy. A transnational problem, tackling tax abuse requires a concerted global response.

Publications | November 20, 2017
An Overview of the Agenda 2030 and its SDGs: What is the status of implementation?

CESR Remarks to the NANHRI 11th Biennial Conference, November 2017        

Blog | October 10, 2017
IMF can safeguard women’s equality in an age of austerity

At the IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings, CESR staffers discussed inequality, progressive fiscal policy and human rights while launching a briefing on austerity and women’s rights.

Publications | October 3, 2017
The IMF, Gender Equality and Expenditure Policy

New briefing on the IMF's fluctuating positions on austerity as it impacts women.

Publications | August 19, 2017
Resourcing Rights: Combating Tax Injustice from a Human Rights Perspective

From Human Rights and Public Finance: Budgets and the Promotion of Economic and Social Rights, edited by Aoife Nolan, Rory O'Connell and Colin Harvey

Publications | July 28, 2017
Seeking accountability for women’s rights through the SDGs

Briefing examines using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to improve accountability for women's rights.

Blog | July 25, 2017
Low-level performance at High-Level Political Forum

Blog: CESR reflects on the shortcomings of the 2017 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

Publications | July 9, 2017
Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017

New global civil society report spotlights big business role in fuelling inequalities as UN High Level Political Forum opens.

Blog | June 28, 2017
Tax competition & avoidance "inconsistent with human rights"

Blog: New CESCR General Comment details governments’ legal duties to prevent and address the adverse impacts of corporate tax avoidance on human rights.

Blog | June 19, 2017
The Politics of ‘Progress’: UN report paints a highly partial picture of SDG implementation

New SDG progress report confirms civil society fears that weak monitoring is undermining the agenda.

Blog | June 8, 2017
Made to measure? Using public policy guidelines as human rights benchmarks

Last month, CESR's Allison Corkery joined a group of practitioners and academics from diverse disciplines for a workshop organized by the Human Rights Methodology Lab.

News and Events | April 7, 2017
Towards an international tax agenda based on rights and equality for tax justice

Panel: CESR Executive Director Ignacio Saiz's comments from a side event hosted by the UN missions of Ecuador and South Africa.

News and Events | March 30, 2017
Engendering fiscal policy: Days of action demand tax justice for women

Over the past fortnight since International Women’s Day, CESR has been engaging actively in the Global Days of Action on Tax Justice for Women’s Rights.

News and Events | March 30, 2017
Defending dignity, from the Asia-Pacific to Uganda

CESR's recent collaborations with human rights defenders in Uganda and our partnership with the Asia-Pacific Forum are bearing fruit.

News and Events | March 16, 2017
Taking a stand on tax justice for women's rights at the CSW

13-24 March 2017: The CESR team participated in various events at the Commission on the Status of Women to underline that tax justice must be a central pillar of efforts to tackle women’s marginalization.

News and Events | March 7, 2017
Fiscal feminism: fighting for women’s rights through tax justice

7 March 2017: CESR is bringing a fiscal focus to International Women's Day by energetically supporting the Global Days of Action on Tax Justice for Women’s Rights.    

Blog | March 3, 2017
Tackling inequality: the radical potential of the Sustainable Development Goals

A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on economic inequality and human rights by CESR's Kate Donald.

Blog | March 2, 2017
Corporate taxation key to protecting human rights in the global economy

UN expert body takes new steps to prevent corporate tax abuses, but more is needed to ensure companies pay their fair share.

Blog | February 13, 2017
Human rights, inequality, and the "orphan SDG"

The SDGs offer an opportunity to mobilize action against inequality, but our approaches and policy solutions must be informed by human rights.

Publications | November 1, 2016
From Disparity to Dignity: Inequality and the SDGs

CESR is proud to present a new briefing examining the human rights issues at stake in SDG10 and offering a set of human rights-based policy proposals to ensure the promise of this goal is fulfilled.

Manuals & Guides, Publications | August 26, 2016
DatNav: new guide to digital data in human rights research

Resource: DatNav is a new guide, produced with the collaboration of CESR.

News and Events | August 17, 2016
Accountability left behind in SDG follow-up and review

The UN recently hosted its first review of progress towards the SDGs, but the mechanism's weak mandate and structure risk undermining its effectiveness.

Blog | July 18, 2016
Putting the spotlight on inequality at SDG review summit

Blog: inequality takes center stage at UN, as High-Level Political Forum promises to 'leave no one behind' in SDGs.

Blog | July 13, 2016
Will accountability be left behind at SDG review forum?

As the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) convenes this week, Kate Donald and Lena Kahler examine whether Agenda 2030 will live up to its promise to “leave no one behind”.

Publications | June 9, 2016
The Universal Periodic Review: a skewed agenda?

New research by CESR and the Sciences Po Human Rights Clinic reveals important shortcomings that in the UPR's attention to certain rights.

News and Events | April 15, 2016
Launch event: Defending Dignity

23 March 2016: Defending Dignity: A Manual for National Human Rights Institutions on Monitoring Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Blog | April 12, 2016
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.

News and Events | April 6, 2016
Fiscal Policy and Human Rights in Times of Austerity

Invitation to a groundbreaking dialogue at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

News and Events | March 31, 2016
Tackling inequality as injustice: four challenges for the human rights agenda

Human rights can help confront economic inequality, but four key challenges must be overcome, argue CESR's Ignacio Saiz and Gaby Oré Aguilar in openGlobalRights.

Blog | March 8, 2016
SDG targets risk missing the mark on inequality

As the UN Statistical Commission debates final proposals for the SDG indicators, there is serious concern over the absence of a robust measure of inequality.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | March 2, 2016
The Measure of Progress: how human rights should inform SDG indicators

As the dust settles on the UN Sustainable Development Summit, a new CESR briefing explores how human rights should inform the selection of SDG indicators that are currently being debated.

News and Events | March 2, 2016
Inequality: can human rights make a difference?

CESR guest-edits a openGlobalRights debate exploring the intersection of extreme economic inequality and human rights.

Blog | February 17, 2016
Indicators of success: how best to measure Agenda 2030

Four months have now passed since Agenda 2030 was agreed, but the crucial matter of designating indicators to measure progress remains in the balance.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | February 2, 2016
Redistributing unpaid care work: why tax matters for women’s rights

Tax policies need to focus on women’s human rights and unpaid care work.

Academic pieces, Publications | February 1, 2016
Transforming fact-finding to realize economic and social rights

New book includes a chapter by Allison Corkery, Director of CESR’s Rights Claiming and Accountability Program, on fact-finding methodologies and the multidimensional nature of chronic  deprivations.

Blog | January 28, 2016
Promising the World: Accountability and the SDGs

There is one critical area where the SDGs fall dangerously short – accountability. Read the new blog by Kate Donald, Director of CESR's Human Rights in Development Program.

Factsheets, Manuals & Guides, Publications | January 15, 2016
Human Rights for All Post-2015: A Litmus Test

The Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus has developed a Litmus Test to be used to evaluate whether proposals for the post-2015 framework respect and reflect pre-existing human rights norms.

News and Events | September 24, 2015
UN adopts Agenda 2030, but will governments follow through?

Statement: CESR responds to Agenda 2030, the new sustainable development goals for the next 15 years adopted by member states at the United Nations.

News and Events | September 24, 2015
Agenda 2030: Rights on track?

Statement: As world leaders gather to adopt 'Agenda 2030', the Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the new framework.

News and Events | September 20, 2015
Paradigm Shift or Lost Opportunity?

Invitation: CESR invites you to panel event bringing together leading figures to reflect critically on the progress made in securing human rights in Agenda 2030.

Manuals & Guides, Publications | September 15, 2015
Defending Dignity: A Manual for National Human Rights Institutions

The Asia Pacific Forum (APF) and CESR are pleased to release a new manual designed to strengthen the role of NHRIs in monitoring economic and social rights.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | August 19, 2015
Taking stock of two decades of economic and social rights advocacy

Publication: Leading figures from the economic and social rights movement take stock of the state of the field.

Blog | August 5, 2015
Strong commitments in final SDG text, despite sordid final compromises

Kate Donald, Director of CESR's Human Rights in Sustainable Development Program, reflects on some tense negotiations and the resulting agreement for post-2015 development.

Blog | July 22, 2015
How can the UPR strengthen economic, social and cultural rights?

At a recent side event in Geneva, CESR and its partners examined the Universal Periodic Review's efforts to advance ESC rights.

Blog | July 19, 2015
Evading accountability post-2015 will eviscerate agenda's ambition

After last week's financing for development talks left both civil society and developing countries frustrated, CESR's Kate Donald looks ahead to this week's post-2015 talks at the UN.

Blog | July 15, 2015
Reporting back from the Responsible Data Forum

Participants from the Responsible Data Forum - a major meeting about the role of data and new technologies in human rights documentation - talk to CESR about the lessons they have learned.

Blog | July 1, 2015
Falling at the last hurdle? Human rights and accountability in the SDGs

CESR's Kate Donald examines the strengths and weaknesses of the recently released 'zero draft' document for post-2015 development.

Blog | June 24, 2015
Human rights in the global partnership for sustainable development: 7 misconceptions

Niko Lusiani, Director of CESR's Human Rights in Economic Policy Program, debunks the myths surrounding human rights in a meaningful global partnership for post-2015 sustainable development.

News and Events | June 23, 2015
Side event: Engaging the private sector in post‐2015 human rights and accountability

On Thursday 25 June, CESR and its partners will hold a side event at UN headquarters examining the role of the private sector in post-2015 accountability.

News and Events | June 18, 2015
Endorse the Lima Declaration on Tax Justice and Human Rights

Joint declaration: The Global Week of Action for Tax Justice has culminated in the release of the Lima Declaration on Tax Justice and Human Rights.

News and Events | June 11, 2015
How can the Universal Periodic Review strengthen the realization of economic, social and cultural rights?

Side event: On 17 June, CESR and Amnesty International will hold an event in Geneva to discuss how the UPR can better address inequality and disadvantage around the world.

News and Events | June 10, 2015
Webinar: Tax Justice and Women's Rights‏

Join us on June 16th, from 10:00am to 12:00pm EST, for a free webinar on tax justice and women's rights.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | June 6, 2015
Fiscal Fallacies: 8 Myths about the 'Age of Austerity'

This briefing challenges eight widespread yet misguided perceptions about economic policy in times of crisis, and suggests human rights-centered policy alternatives.

Blog | June 1, 2015
Breaking the accountability taboo in SDG negotiations

Blog: Kate Donald, Director of CESR's Human Rights in Development program, reflects on recent dynamics in the post-2015 talks.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | June 1, 2015
National Human Rights Institutions can help ensure post-2015 goals deliver

Briefing: A new document from CESR and the Danish Institute for Human Rights explains the role NHRIs should play in post-2015 development.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | May 25, 2015
Responsibilities beyond borders: unlocking the post-2015 stalemate

Briefing: Human rights can provide a fresh lens in post-2015 negotiations

Blog | May 14, 2015
Measuring what we treasure: human rights insights for post-2015 development

As governments set about choosing indicators for the post-2015 sustainable development goals, it is crucial that calls for pragmatism don't lead to a lack of ambition.

News and Events | May 6, 2015
Building the foundation for tax justice through human rights

Tax justice activists and human rights defenders from all over the world came together April 29-30, 2015 in Peru for a strategy meeting designed to build a platform for future collaboration.

Blog | April 22, 2015
'The global partnership for development': tackling the accountability deficit

CESR's Kate Donald presents the new briefing 'Universal Rights, Differentiated Responsibilities'.

News and Events | April 9, 2015
Monitoring tax spillovers in the Financing for Development Accord

CESR's Nicholas Lusiani has delivered a presentation on behalf of civil society in advance of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development.

News and Events | March 31, 2015
Why the SDGs are more than just good intentions

This statement has been released by the Beyond-2015 coalition, of which CESR is a member, in reponse to two articles published by The Economist on 28 March 2015.

Blog | March 25, 2015
Women's rights and revenues: no gender equality without fiscal justice

While it is widely accepted that taxation plays a key role in determining income inequality, we are seeing more and more that it dramatically impacts women's equality and human rights as well.

News and Events | March 18, 2015
Measuring what we treasure: exploring how human rights should inform the post-2015 indicators

Side event: On Monday 23 March, CESR together with its partners in the Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus will hold a timely debate about how to measure the SDGs and accompanying targets.

Manuals & Guides, Publications, Reports & Briefings | March 16, 2015
Accountability for the post-2015 agenda: A proposal for a robust global review mechanism

CESR and its partners have developed a proposal for a robust monitoring mechanism for post-2015 development.

Academic pieces, Publications | March 4, 2015
Indicators for a post-2015 fiscal revolution

Working paper: CESR and Christian Aid offer some rights-based proposals for the post-2015 indicator framework.

News and Events | January 22, 2015
As states gear up for the post-2015 negotiations, CESR asks 'Who's afraid of accountability?'

UN presentation: CESR's Kate Donald recently spoke at a UN forum, challenging states on their aversion to accountability for development commitments.

News and Events | January 14, 2015
2015: a seminal year for human rights and sustainable development?

Joint statement: The Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus assesses the good and the not-so-good in the UN Secretary General's 'Synthesis Report on post-2015 development'.

Blog | January 12, 2015
Secretary-General's Synthesis Report: moving the post-2015 debate forward?

Kate Donald, director of the Human Rights in Development program at CESR, reflects on the strengths and weaknesses of a recent milestone report on the post-2015 process

Blog | November 23, 2014
The 'data revolution': of the people, for the people?

The provision of comprehensive, quality data is essential to rights-based development, but the much-vaunted 'data revolution' must also be empowering and people-centered.

News and Events | November 19, 2014
States must not restrict people's participation in post-2015 process

CESR and its allies have sent a joint letter to the UN Representatives for Ireland and Kenya, who are facilitating the next phase of negotiations on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

News and Events | November 19, 2014
Secretary General must prioritize rights-based financing in post-2015 agenda

The Righting Finance initiative has submitted a letter to the UN Secretary General concerning the financing issues at stake in his forthcoming report for the post-2015 talks.

News and Events | October 16, 2014
Submission to UN Advisory Group on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development

CESR has delivered a submission to the UN Secretary-General's Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development.

News and Events | October 13, 2014
From Rhetoric to Remedy: human rights in the struggle against poverty

Panel discussion: CESR and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) invite you to a panel discussion on the role of human rights in combatting poverty.

News and Events | September 28, 2014
The post-2015 agenda won't deliver without human rights at the core

The open letter reproduced here has been sent to the Incoming President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, H.E. Sam Kutesa, by the Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus.

News and Events | September 14, 2014
Transforming the development agenda requires more, not less, attention to human rights

Writing for Open Global Rights, CESR's Ignacio Saiz and Radhika Balakrishnan of the Center for Women's Global Leadership discuss the role of human rights in post-2015 development.

Blog | September 9, 2014
SDGs merely dead letters without fiscal justice and human rights

Unless governments agree to concrete tax and budgetary commitments which ensure robust, equitable and accountable fiscal foundations for sustainable development, the SDGs are likely to fail.

News and Events | September 5, 2014
Human rights for all in sustainable development: Is the post-2015 process really delivering?

Side event: On Thursday 11 September, a side event at the United Nations in New York will assess how well the post-2015 process so far has reflected the requirements of human rights.

Blog | August 30, 2014
Human rights 'non-negotiable' on post-2015 agenda, says global civil society

Thousands of civil society organizations gathered at the UN headquarters have issued a strong call for human rights to be at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda.

Blog | July 6, 2014
Will High-Level Forum rise to accountability challenge?

The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Goals is tackling one of the most crucial, and controvesial, issues in post-2015 development negotiations - accountability.

Blog | June 24, 2014
Strictly business: national rights institutions and the private sector

National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) have a critical part to play in making sure the private sector be called to account for its impact on human rights.

Blog | June 9, 2014
Will post-2015 development proposals meet the Human Rights Litmus Test?

CESR's Niko Lusiani addresses the UN, setting out the criteria of a 'Human Rights Litmus Test' for post-2015 sustainable development proposals.

News and Events | May 29, 2014
Supporting human rights institutions in the Asia-Pacific region

Partnership: CESR is working closely with the Asia Pacific Forum to support the work of National Human Rights Institutions in Malaysia, New Zealand and Palestine.

News and Events | May 14, 2014
Only an economic revolution can defuse the global inequality timebomb

Op-ed: Writing in the Guardian Development Blog, CESR's Nicholas Lusiani and Christian Aid's Helen Dennis explain the need for a fiscal revolution in development financing.

Blog | May 13, 2014
UN Financing Committee hears call for post-2015 fiscal revolution

CESR has urged the UN Committee tasked with devising a post-2015 development financing strategy to tackle the fiscal injustices undermining sustainable development and human rights.

Blog | May 6, 2014
Accountability moves to the fore of the Post-2015 debate

CESR contributes to United Nations discussions on monitoring and accountability in the post-2015 development agenda.

News and Events | April 29, 2014
OWG inches closer to human rights for all post-2015, but still a long road ahead

Joint statement: A coalition of organizations calls on the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals to make sure the call for human rights is properly reflected in their deliberations.

News and Events | April 15, 2014
Human rights hold key to financing post-2015 development

News: CESR's Niko Lusiani addresses major meeting of UN development bodies, explaining why post-2015 financing must be anchored in human rights.

Blog | April 10, 2014
Civil society rallies to prevent privatization of post-2015 process

The private sector is threatening to drown out civil society's demands for a human rights-based sustainable development framework.

News and Events | March 2, 2014
OWG proposals risk sidelining consensus on human rights-centered sustainable development

Statement: CESR is calling on members of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals to renew their commitment to placing human rights at the core of the post-2015 framework.

News and Events | February 27, 2014
As states set sights on inequality, it's time to get fiscal

Rising inequality is an issue whose time has finally come. But if governments are serious about halting this trend in the post-2015 development agenda, they will need to tackle the injustices of our current tax and fiscal systems.

News and Events | February 5, 2014
In pursuit of a better, fairer world

Op-ed: Writing for Al-Jazeera, CESR Communications Coordinator Luke Holland examines the importance of human rights standards in addressing inequality in the post-2015 development agenda.

Blog | January 30, 2014
Putting rights at the centre of 'data revolution'

Speaking at a UNDP conference on 'Data and Accountability', CESR's Allison Corkery sets out the rights issues at stake in informational planning for the post-2015 era.

Blog | January 26, 2014
Visions and Voices for Human Rights

Forum summary: On 24 September 2013 CESR and its partners organized a side event at the UN General Assembly to discuss integration of human rights into the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

News and Events | December 19, 2013
Power of Numbers initiative offers important insights for post-2015 agenda

A new initiative led by two members of CESR's board offers important guidance on target-setting and measurement of progress from a human rights perspective.

News and Events | December 19, 2013
Voices for Social Justice: The UN Special Procedures

On 22 October 2013, CESR and Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute hosted a conversation with Magdalena Sepúlveda and Olivier de Schutter.

Blog | December 16, 2013
Human rights take centre stage at UN post-2015 debate

Member states at the Open-Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals have reiterated the call for human rights to be a foundation stone of the post-2015 agenda.

News and Events | December 11, 2013
Side event: Human Rights at the Core of Sustainable and Just Development

Invitation: On Friday 13 December, CESR and its partners will hold a side event in parallel to the sixth session of the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals.

News and Events | December 9, 2013
Over 350 groups call for human rights in core of post-2015 development plan

Joint statement: As governments meet at the UN to debate the future sustainable development agenda, over 300 organizations have called for human rights to be at the core of the new framework.

Academic pieces, Publications | December 4, 2013
Austerity undermining rights says CoE Commissioner

Publication: A new Council of Europe Issue Paper, commissioned from CESR, assesses the human rights impacts of austerity measures and sets out an agenda for change.

Blog | October 22, 2013
FTT: Robin Hood advocates undeterred by challengers

Blog: Momentum towards the implementation of a financial transactions tax in Europe is facing new obstacles. With success seeming so close yet so far, campaigners are redoubling their efforts.

News and Events | September 26, 2013
UN General Assembly: will human rights rhetoric become reality?

Governments at the UN General Assembly have recognized that human rights must be at the core of a new global development agenda. But will these rhetorical commitments be translated into practice?

News and Events | September 19, 2013
Visions and Voices for Human Rights: Integrating human rights into the post-2015 agenda

On September 24 CESR and its partners hosted a forum on integrating human rights into the post-2015 development framework at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

News and Events | August 28, 2013
'OPERA' gets animated: bringing ESCR monitoring to life

A new animation produced by CESR, in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Forum (APF), offers a short introduction to the OPERA Framework for monitoring fulfilment of economic and social rights.

News and Events | August 15, 2013
UN Secretary General backs calls for human rights-based post-2015 agenda

Statement: Key report to General Assembly outlines Secretary General's vision of 'a world we have a right to expect'.

News and Events | August 13, 2013
Accountability in the Post-2015 Development Framework: What role for National Human Rights Institutions?

Thanks to their unique bridging role between the government and civil society, together with their human rights expertise, NHRIs can play a key role in the post-2015 framework.

News and Events | July 29, 2013
Human rights and social justice: the in(di)visible link

Op-ed article: CESR Executive Director Ignacio Saiz and CESR Chairperson Alicia Yamin challenge outdated notions regarding human rights and social justice in an Open Democracy op-ed article.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | July 22, 2013
'Who Will Be Accountable' for the SDGs?

Proper accountability mechanisms must be incorporated into post-2015 development plan if it is to avoid the pitfalls of the MDGs.

News and Events | July 22, 2013
'OPERA' tour strikes a chord with partners around the world

In recent months, CESR has been sharing its OPERA framework with our partners in New Zealand, Malaysia and Slovenia.

News and Events | July 8, 2013
Vienna+20 declaration demands primacy of rights

Joint declaration: CESR has joined a new civil society declaration released to mark the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Program of Action.

Blog | June 20, 2013
Accountability Not Austerity Can Help Prevent Next Financial Crisis

Niko Lusiani argues that systematic failures in accountability also helped cause the global financial crisis.

News and Events | June 4, 2013
High Level Panel recommendations fall short of the human rights litmus test

Statement: CESR responds to the recent report delivered by the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Agenda, which will feed into the design of the future development framework.

News and Events | May 20, 2013
New publication and panel event highlight need for human rights in post-2015 agenda

Two events at the UN headquarters in New York present findings from global consultations on the post-2015 agenda and launch a new publication on the role accountability must play in the framework.

Blog | May 12, 2013
Major advance for social justice as 'OP' comes into force

On May 5 the long-awaited Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights finally entered into force.

News and Events | May 8, 2013
Joint statement: Human Rights for All Post-2015

A new joint statement, endorsed by 49 leading human rights and development organizations so far, calls for human rights be placed at the core of the new development agenda.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | March 18, 2013
A Matter of Justice: securing human rights in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda

The human rights framework can provide operational principles and standards of conduct to ensure the post-2015 development plan delivers on its promises.

Blog | March 3, 2013
UN conference hears resounding call for human rights-based governance post-2015

The need for more just forms of governance took center-stage at the UN Thematic Consultation on Governance and the Post-2015 Framework in Johannesburg last week.

Academic pieces, Publications | February 25, 2013
Beyond 2015: Just governance must be a cornerstone of the sustainable development agenda

A new Beyond-2015 paper co-cordinated by CESR explains that just and effective governance must become a central pillar of any future global development framework.

News and Events | February 7, 2013
Bringing a strong human rights voice to the UN Panel on post-2015

UN consultation: Human rights concerns have been highlighted extensively in a new United Nations consultation report on the form and content of a future development framework.

News and Events | February 5, 2013
New global mechanism brings economic and social justice one step closer

The Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights will enter into force on May 5, after Uruguay became the tenth country to ratify.

News and Events | February 5, 2013
Promoting Empowerment through the Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

Side event: On Friday February 8, CESR Executive Director Ignacio Saiz will join leading figures from the spheres of human rights and diplomacy for a panel event at the UN headquarters in New York.

News and Events | January 31, 2013
Twenty years of economic and social rights advocacy

CESR event: The Center is hosting a panel event on Monday 4 February in New York University which will explore progress in field of economic and social rights since the Vienna Declaration.

Blog | January 19, 2013
King, Keynes and Obama's legacy at the IMF

As the US marks Martin Luther King Day, CESR Senior Researcher Niko Lusiani calls for the iconic leader's social justice vision to be remembered in contemporary social and economic policy.

News and Events | January 14, 2013
CESR responds to High-Level Panel questionnaire on the post-2015 development agenda.

UN consultation: CESR has contributed to an online consultation organized by the United Nations High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

News and Events | December 19, 2012
Bringing the financial sector to book for rights abuses

A task force of human rights organizations and networks, including CESR, has launched a new website devoted to highlighting the impacts of poor financial regulation on human rights around the world.

Blog | December 19, 2012
The year ahead: a critical step towards the world we want post-2015

The new global development framework must be grounded in the universal and pre-existing set of human rights norms, standards and operational principles.

Blog | December 19, 2012
From Kenya to Kuala Lumpur: boosting the role of national human rights institutions

2012 has seen the Center working closely with national human rights institutions in Kenya, New Zealand and Malaysia to boost their capacity to advance economic and social rights in their countries.

News and Events | December 9, 2012
Time to Make the Financial Sector Accountable to Human Rights

Press release: New website to expose financial sector abuses launched on International Human Rights Day

News and Events | December 5, 2012
UN Committee stresses need for human rights in post-2015 agenda

The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has issued a letter calling for human rights to be properly integrated into future development plans.

News and Events | November 13, 2012
Social accountability efforts seek better national and global economic governance

In a four-part analysis article, CESR Research Consultant Rick Rowden explores the increasing pressure for social accountability in the economic and financial spheres. (part 3)

News and Events | November 13, 2012
Social accountability efforts seek better national and global economic governance

In a four-part analysis article, CESR Research Consultant Rick Rowden explores the increasing pressure for social accountability in the economic and financial spheres. (part 1)

News and Events | November 13, 2012
Social accountability efforts seek better national and global economic governance

In a four-part analysis article, CESR Research Consultant Rick Rowden explores the increasing pressure for social accountability in the economic and financial spheres. (part 2)

Blog | November 7, 2012
UN expert body warns world of austerity threat to human rights

The UN General Assembly has been told that unchecked austerity measures are undermining human rights around the world

News and Events | October 16, 2012
The 'OPERA' Framework: meeting the challenge of economic and social rights monitoring

In order to hold governments to account for their obligation to fulfill economic, social and cultural rights (ESC rights), advocates and activists need practical tools to monitor their conduct, evaluating it against multifaceted principles such as progressive realization, minimum core obligations, maximum available resources and non-discrimination

Academic pieces, Publications | September 15, 2012
Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Tools to Monitor the Obligation to Fulfil ESCR

Article:  In this article in the Nordic Journal of Human Rights we briefly analyse the range of new methodologies which have been developed to monitor the positive obligation to fulfil ESCR, and discuss the OPERA Framework.

Academic pieces, Publications | September 5, 2012
CESR contributes to major UN publication on future of MDGs

CESR Researcher Allison Corkery has contributed a chapter to the new UNDP publication 'Accelerating Achievement of MDGs by Ways and Means of Economic and Social Rights'.

Blog | July 3, 2012
Post-MDGs: what next for a global development agenda that takes human rights seriously?

In June, a High Level Panel will be convened by the United Nations to take the lead in framing a proposed set of successor goals to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which are to be adopted by 2015, when the MDGs officially expire. Human rights should be the organizing framework for the new development agenda.

Blog | July 2, 2012
Blame it on Rio: Rights sidelined at crucial conference

The decision-makers gathered in Brazil did commit to establishing a set of Sustainable Development Goals, with the United Nations General Assembly to appoint a group of 30 experts by September to design the new “SDGs”.

News and Events | June 21, 2012
UN urges governments to prioritize human rights over austerity

News article: The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) has issued an open letter urging governments to prioritize human rights in times of economic crisis.

Blog | June 20, 2012
Human Rights after Rio+20: failure is not an option

As the dust settles on a disappointing Rio+20 conference, the CESR blog explains why human rights norms and standards can and must inform the future course of global development.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | May 20, 2012
The Group of 20, Financial Regulation and Human Rights

Briefing: The fourth publication in the 'Righting Financial Regulation' series examines how human rights should inform the G20's role in managing the financial system.

News and Events | May 20, 2012
A Bottom-Up Approach To Righting Financial Regulation

CESR has joined the Steering Committee of the Righting Financial Regulation project, a new coalition seeking to confront the human rights implications of the global economic crisis.

News and Events | May 13, 2012
UN rights experts join calls for FTT as Global Week of Action gets underway

News: A group of UN human rights experts today released a statement, produced in close collaboration with CESR, echoing the growing calls for a global financial transactions tax.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | April 9, 2012
Financial Transactions Tax: A Human Rights Imperative

The third briefing in the 'Righting Financial Regulation' series provides an overview of how the FTT would work and the benefits it would provide.

News and Events | March 29, 2012
Extra-territorial obligations: human rights beyond borders

CESR firmly believes that the ultimate realization of economic and social rights depends on cooperating beyond national frontiers. To this end, the Center has joined group of distinguished international experts to adopt the Maastricht Principles on Extra-Territorial Obligations (ETOs) of States in the area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

News and Events | March 29, 2012
OPERA takes stage at monitoring seminar

On 22 and 23 March, CESR hosted a seminar in Madrid entitled New Horizons in Economic and Social Rights Monitoring. The event brought together over 50 human rights and development practitioners to tackle particular challenges of monitoring compliance with this area of human rights.

News and Events | March 29, 2012
CESR joins Beyond-2015 Executive Committee

CESR is delighted to report that it is joining the Executive Committee of Beyond-2015, the civil society network pushing for a more effective successor framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals when their deadline expires in a few years time.

News and Events | March 19, 2012
UN experts appeal for accountability in Rio+20 goals

News: A group of 22 UN independent human rights experts have called on States to incorporate international human rights norms, with strong accountability mechanisms, into the Rio+20 sustainable development goals.

News and Events | March 14, 2012
Seminar: New Horizons in Economic and Social Rights Monitoring

CESR has staged a major two-day seminar on economic and social rights monitoring in the Spanish capital Madrid.

News and Events | March 12, 2012
CESR joins call to action on right to safe water

News: CESR, together with 40 other national and international NGOs, is calling on representatives at the World Water Forum (WWF) to unequivocally support the right to safe water and sanitation.

News and Events | March 8, 2012
Rural women take center-stage at major UN meeting

The criticial importance of empowering rural women, for the sake of both protecting their rights and promoting development, has been reaffirmed at the 56th Commission on the Status of Women.

News and Events | March 1, 2012
20 states sign new 'OP' on children's rights

News: A diverse group of nations, ranging from Germany and Brazil to Mali, Morocco and Montenegro, have become the first signatories of a new UN mechanism designed to protect children's rights.

Blog | February 28, 2012
Children in an urban world: Rights denied, opportunities squandered

Abid Aslam, Editor of Unicef's flagship report 'The State of the World's Children', examines the particular human rights challenges facing children in urban areas.

Blog | February 6, 2012
7 down, 3 to go: Momentum builds for economic and social rights complaints mechanism

Only three more ratifications are needed to make the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights operational.

Books, Publications | December 20, 2011
Moments of Truth: Economic and Social Rights in Transitions to Democracy

CESR Program Director Gaby Oré Aguilar and University of Deusto professor Felipe Gómez Isa publish a new book exploring the equality and social justice dimensions of societies emerging from conflict.

News and Events | December 18, 2011
Placing human rights at the heart of development

Over the past 12 months some modest but critical headway has been made in efforts to bring human rights centre stage in the discourse of global development.

Blog | December 14, 2011
Rights in crisis: confronting a threefold threat

It is not only the global economy that is in crisis. With markets toppling governments left and right, economic policy itself seems to be in a state of calamity.

Blog | December 9, 2011
Time to address the economic and social rights deficit

As the world marks International Human Rights Day on December 10, CESR Executive Director Ignacio Saiz reflects on the status of economic and social rights in this age of austerity.

News and Events | November 30, 2011
Busan: mutual accountability isn't a one-way relationship

Although 'mutual accountability' is on everyone's lips at the 4th High-level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, all signs are that poor performance in meeting previous aid commitments will continue.

News and Events | November 16, 2011
Getting the process right for the world we want

As the UN General Assembly meets to discuss the post-2015 development framework, CESR Chairperson Alicia Yamin and board member Sakiko Fukuda-Parr highlight the importance of designing effective, participative procedures in order to create a better future for all the world's people.

News and Events | November 14, 2011
CESR co-hosts expert consultation on the future of the MDGs

An expert consultation was convened in Geneva on November 2-3, 2011 to discuss lessons learnt from the accountability gaps in the MDG framework, as well as how human rights can help narrow these deficits in a future post-2015 international development agenda.

News and Events | November 2, 2011
CESR joins call for G-20 leaders to embed human rights in decisions

CESR has come together with 185 other civil society organizations from around the world to remind decision-makers at the G-20 summit in Cannes that human rights must be a key consideration in both their discussions and any commitments undertaken

Blog | November 1, 2011
G-20 and financial regulation: what's at stake for economic and social rights?

As the self-selected rulers of the economic and financial universe gather in Cannes for the G20 summit, CESR Senior Researcher Niko Lusiani asks what's at stake for economic and social rights?

News and Events | October 16, 2011
Civil Society demands 'better aid' on International Day for Eradication of Poverty

The Global Call to Action Against Poverty, of which CESR is a member, has joined forces with BetterAid and the Open Forum for CSO Effectiveness to launch a new initiative entitled 'Better Aid for the World We Want'.

Blog | August 15, 2011
Land Grabbing and Its Implications for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Each year, up to 30 million hectares of farmland are lost to land grabbing. Land grabbing has reached unprecedented levels in recent years and is an issue of critical concern for economic, social and cultural rights.

News and Events | July 25, 2011
CESR signs civil society letter to UN Secretary General calling for dialogue on post-2015 development framework

CESR has joined the Beyond-2015 campaign's letter addressing the UN Secretary General.

News and Events | July 13, 2011
MDG failures prove need for a new rights-based development agenda

The slow pace of progress towards the Millennium Development Goals, revealed in a newly-released UN report, demonstrates the need for a more ambitious and rights-based agenda to end global poverty.

News and Events | July 3, 2011
MMSD Human Rights Critique on Mining Practices

Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development Report, March 2003

Publications, Reports & Briefings | June 9, 2011
National Human Rights Institutions and Economic and Social Rights

This 2011 briefing examines national human rights institutions as monitors of economic, social and cultural rights.

News and Events | June 5, 2011
Gaps in corporate accountability need greater attention, civil society groups say

A coalition of civil society groups urges the UN to implement stronger international protections against corporate human rights abuses.

News and Events | May 26, 2011
Human Rights Essential to Human Development in Least-Developed Countries

A new goal to halve the number of least-developed countries by 2022 can only succeed if it is grounded within a genuine framework of human rights.

Blog | April 25, 2011
International Financial Institutions Warn About Food Crisis But Offer No Policy Changes

World Bank and IMF continue to ignore calls to reassess their approach to agriculture policies and market regulation.

News and Events | March 7, 2011
100 Years of International Women's Day

Women should have access to education, to jobs, to land and to resources, not only because it is good for the economy, but because 'like men' they are entitled to these fundamental rights.

News and Events | February 13, 2011
Human Rights and Development: Taking Stock, Moving Forward

In September 2010, immediately following the UN MDG review summit, CESR joined forces with Realizing Rights to reflect on longer-term strategies for transforming the dominant development paradigm through human rights advocacy. Post-MDG 2010 review summit meeting organized by Realizing Rights and CESR

News and Events | February 3, 2011
Defining Business Respect For and Protection of Human Rights

NGOs respond to a new UN framework on business and human rights.

Blog | December 14, 2010
How much longer for a legally-binding accord on emissions reductions?

The agreement from the UN climate change negotiations in Cancún has received high praise, but also criticism of a crackdown on social justice activists. A look at the human rights implications.

News and Events | November 11, 2010
Time for the G20 to be global leaders where it counts

As the G20 convenes this week in Seoul, will the world's most powerful leaders take their human rights obligations into consideration as they convene to discuss the global economy?

Publications, Submissions | October 25, 2010
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.

News and Events | October 20, 2010
UNESCO Suspends Dictator Prize After Global Protest

CESR and its partners welcomed UNESCO's decision today to suspend, indefinitely, the prize funded by and named after President Obiang of Equatorial Guinea.

News and Events | September 16, 2010
Building a Global Partnership for Development through MDG 8

MDG 8 sets a wide range of targets on trade, aid, debt and increasing access to new technologies and essential medicines. However, a review of progress on consolidating a global partnership reveals worrying trends about rich countries' commitment to the attainment of the MDGs.

News and Events | September 16, 2010
Message to UN General Assembly: "Don't forget human rights in achieving the Millennium Goals"

Top independent human rights experts call on world leaders attending next week's UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals "to be guided by human rights."

News and Events | September 14, 2010
The Millennium Summit: an opportunity to show leadership on women's rights

MDG 5, which focuses on improving maternal health, has been the most neglected and underfunded. Not surprisingly, it has shown very uneven progress.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | September 14, 2010
The MDGs, A Decade On: Keeping the Promise, Fulfilling Rights

A new CESR review of the latest MDG data finds progress has been too slow even to meet the MDGs' modest 2015 targets.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | September 13, 2010
Development and human rights: lessons learned from the MDGs

Guest briefing written for CESR by author Rick Rowden.

News and Events | September 9, 2010
Maternal Health Goal May Be Furthest Off-Target

Lack of accountability hampers achievement of MDG 5 on reducing maternal mortality and increasing access to reproductive health care, writes CESR Board Chair Alicia Yamin in a recent journal article.

News and Events | August 1, 2010
UN Resolution Recognizes Water as a Right

UN General Assembly passes a resolution declaring access to clean water and sanitation as a fundamental right.

News and Events | March 1, 2010
Human Rights Responses to the Global Economic Crisis in Geneva

The Center for Economic and Social Rights, along with ESCR-Net and the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS), is sponsoring an event on Thursday, March 4 from 13:15-15:00 in Room XXIII of the Palais de Nations (Geneva). The event is called "Human Rights Responses to the Global Economic Crisis."

Case studies, Essays, Publications | February 24, 2010
Documenting the Global Recession: Crisis and Opportunity

New publication of photographs highlights human rights during times of economic crisis.

News and Events | February 18, 2010
Inter-American Development Bank under pressure over new capital requests

More than 100 civil society organizations from 18 countries stepped up pressure on the Inter-American Development Bank by demanding transparency and evidence of structural reforms.

News and Events | February 17, 2010
Using Budgets to Monitor Human Rights

New Tactics is hosting an online dialogue from February 24 to March 2 called "Using Budget for Monitoring".

News and Events | February 7, 2010
Maternal Mortality and Human Rights

CESR will co-sponsor "Maternal Mortality - rights of 'critical concern' within and beyond Beijing," a panel discussion on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 from 14:00 to 15:30 at the UN Church Center in New York on the 2nd floor.

News and Events | January 19, 2010
Online discussion on Women and Poverty

UNDP and UN/DESA are organizing an online discussion on Women and Poverty in preparation for the 15-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action; the ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review on gender equality (AMR); and the High-level Plenary Meeting of the sixty-fifth session of the General Assembly, focused on the Millennium Development Goals.

News and Events | December 14, 2009
Making Education Accountable

The Right to Education Project just asked leaders on the right to education to answer two questions in their online forum on discrimination in education.

Academic pieces, Publications | November 30, 2009
Measuring Economic and Social Rights to Hold Governments Accountable

In the OECD Journal on Development "Measuring Human Rights and Democratic Governance" CESR presents a framework for measuring economic and social rights.

News and Events | November 10, 2009
Experts Comment on Rights in Times of Economic Crisis

Experts stress that access to social security and protection is not a policy choice, but rather a human rights obligation.

News and Events | November 4, 2009
UN Human Rights Council Investigates Links Between Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

Work is underway on draft guiding principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights; they will examine existing international laws in relation to the human rights of people living in extreme poverty.

News and Events | October 21, 2009
Documentary photography competition offers new storytelling opportunity to promote rights in crisis

Deadline extended to December 7: Photograph the global financial crisis with CESR and SocialDocumentary.net

News and Events | October 19, 2009
Event: Human Rights and Financing for Development

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Center of Concern are hosting a parallel event to the 64th UN General Assembly session on 26 October 2009, in NYC.

News and Events | September 20, 2009
Event: Enforcing Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - The Hope and Challenge of the Optional Protocol

Once operational, this new international mechanism will provide victims of economic, social and cultural rights violations who are not able to get an effective remedy in their domestic legal system with tangible legal options for redress.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | September 13, 2009
Human Rights and the Economic Crisis

A new CESR briefing explores the human rights dimensions of the global economic crisis: its consequences, causes and responses.

News and Events | August 20, 2009
UN opens doors to dialogue and action on global economic crisis

The United Nations Human Rights Council will hold the 2009 Social Forum from 31 August to 2 September.

News and Events | August 12, 2009
Responding to the Global Crisis: Launch lecture of UNCTAD's Trade and Development Report 2009

The launch lecture on 1 September 2009 of UNCTAD's 2009 Trade and Development Report will feature "Responding to the Global Crisis and "Climate Change Mitigation and Development".

News and Events | August 9, 2009
Input needed for UN Secretary General report on economic crisis and its impact on the world's most vulnerable people

The G20 has requested a comprehensive report from the UN Secretary General on the impact the global financial crisis has had and is having on the poor and most vulnerable around the world.

News and Events | August 4, 2009
The NGO Coalition for an Optional Protocol to ICESCR

The NGO Coalition for an Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (OP-ICESCR) has launched a petition in support of the Optional Protocol to the ICESCR

News and Events | August 3, 2009
Implementing Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The recently released "Report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Implementation of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights" presents concepts related to implementing and monitoring economic, social and cultural rights.

News and Events | July 22, 2009
Exploring the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Human rights journal publishes special issue about new rights of individuals or groups to have violations of their rights heard by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Academic pieces, Publications | July 16, 2009
Rights in Recession?

CESR Executive Director Ignacio Saiz on the challenges for economic and social rights enforcement during economic crisis.

Blog | June 23, 2009
Human Rights and the Economic Crisis: A Transformative Moment?

The current economic crisis is fast becoming a human rights crisis.CESR urges world leaders meeting in New York this week to seize the opportunity to place human rights principles, not profit, at the heart of crisis responses, economic policy and global economic governance.

News and Events | June 23, 2009
Economic Crisis and Human Rights

At the start of the UN General Assembly's conference on the economic crisis, CESR urged world leaders to sieze the opportunity to put human rights at the centre of its global responses.

News and Events | June 1, 2009
The 11th session of the Human Rights Council begins

The 11th session of the Human Rights Council opened today in Geneva. Lasting from 2-19 June 2009, the session will assess the human rights situation is various countries.

News and Events | May 25, 2009
Human rights an essential framework for tackling the global economic crisis

CESR's statement at UNCTAD's Public Symposium on the global economic crisis and development stressed the need for a human rights framework.

News and Events | May 13, 2009
The Global Economic Crisis and Development - the way forward

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is organizing a public symposium "The Global Economic Crisis and Development - the way forward" on 18-19 May 2009.

News and Events | May 7, 2009
Public health policies suffering from effects of global financial crisis

Director-General of the WHO urges continued support for public health, pursued for its own sake as a basic human right.

News and Events | April 30, 2009
Accessing education as a human right

The United Nations Independent Expert on Minority Issues addresses the human right of equal access to quality education.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | March 2, 2009
Bringing Human Rights to Bear in Times of Crisis

A human rights analysis of government responses to the economic crisis

News and Events | February 4, 2009
What is the new U.N. optional protocol on economic, social and cultural rights?

Forty-two years after a similar mechanism was adopted for civil and political rights, those who suffer from violations of their economic, social and cultural rights are finally given equal status.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | December 4, 2008
Poverty and Human Rights: is poverty a violation of human rights?

Poverty is an assault on human dignity, but it can also reflect a violation of human rights when it is the direct consequence of government policy or is caused by the failure of governments to act.

Academic pieces, Publications | November 15, 2008
How can we use quantitative methods to monitor ESC rights?

Edward Anderson, from the University of East Anglia examines how quantitative methods could be incorporated to assess governments' compliance with their human rights obligations.

Publications, Reports & Briefings | June 9, 2002
Mining minerals: human rights critique on mining practices

Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development Report, March 2003.