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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.
The Working Group is made up of ESCR-Net members interested in monitoring. All ESCR-Net members are welcome to join the group. Monitoring describes a range of activities that seek to track progress in realizing ESCR and to identify and document deprivations of these rights. The Working Group seeks to promote dialogue about how new tools and techniques may be employed—individually or in combination—to more effectively monitor socio-economic policies and strengthen accountability for states' human rights obligations.
Bruce Porter, Director of the Social Rights Advocacy Center in Canada, explores the significance of the Optional Protocol to the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and examines the need to incorporate the voice of claimants and to effect institutional change in order to ensure meaningful impact
Gaston Chillier, Director of CELS (The Center for Legal and Social Studies) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, discusses progress in the field of economic, social and cultural rights since the 1993 Vienna Declaration, and gives his views on key issues such as justiciability, inequality and incorporation into public policy.
The Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Magdalena Sepulveda, explores the main advances that have been achieved in the field of economic and social rights since the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action was signed in 1993, and looks to the key challenges for the years ahead. Ms Sepulveda was speaking at CESR's 'Vienna+20' conference in Geneva on 20 May 2013
South African High Court Judge and CESR board member Geoff Budlender SC explains the importance of the Center's achievements over the past 20 years, with special reference to the African setting. Mr Budlender was one of the founders of the Legal Resources Centre, South Africa's leading public interest law centre, and Director-General of the Department of Land Affairs under the Mandela administration.
Irene Khan is Director General of the International Development Law Organization and a member of CESR's board. Here she discusses CESR's contribution to the field, and the importance bridging gaps between the economic and social rights sphere and the broader social justice movement. Ms Khan previously worked for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in a variety of positions, including senior executive officer to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and head of the UNHCR team in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia during the Kosovo crisis in 1999.
Richard Goldstone is Co-chairperson of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association and former first chief prosecutor of the UN International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. In this interview he explains advances in the field of ESCR jurisprudence, and the particular experience of South Africa. He also elucidates the importance of the Ogoni case in Nigeria, which was led by CESR and its local partners SERAC.
Chris Jochnick, CESR co-founder and Director of Private Sector Engagement at Oxfam America, discusses the Center's early days and its major achievements since being set up in 1993. Mr Jochnick, a lecturer in business and human rights at Harvard Law School, is also co-founder and a director of the Ecuador-based Centro de Derechos Economicos y Sociales (CDES).
Carin Norberg, Director of the Nordic Africa Institute and CESR board member, discusses the importance of the Center's work in an increasingly interlinked world. Since 1970, Ms Norberg has held various positions with the Swedish International Development Agency, including director, department for East and West Africa, director, department for humanitarian assistance and co-operation with NGOs, and director, department for democracy and social development.
Constitutional lawyer and CESR board member Manuel José Cepeda, of the University of the Andes in Colombia, discusses the Center's contribution to advancing economic and social rights in both conceptual and instrumental terms. Mr Cepeda was Ambassador of Colombia to UNESCO (1993-1995) and thereafter to the Helvetic Confederation (1995-1996). He also served as Dean of the Universidad de los Andes Law School from 1996 to 2000.
This short video presents some of the Center for Economic and Social Rights' milestone achievements since it was founded in 1993, and highlights our continuing work to achieve social justice through human rights. CESR works to promote social justice through human rights. In a world where poverty and inequality deprive entire communities of dignity, justice and sometimes life, we seek to uphold the universal human rights of every human being to education, health, food, water, housing, work, and other economic, social and cultural rights essential to human dignity.