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We're starting a collaboration and learning process, with the aim to gather ideas, critiques, stories and proposals to bring to life the bold and ambitious vision of the Rights-Based Economy.
In the submission, we focused on reforms to global economic governance and the link between resource generation and the capacity to respond to climate change and its racially disparate impacts.
The UN’s Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism called upon States to use all tools at their disposal to bring an end to vaccine inequity and its racially disparate impacts.
We’ve embarked on a process of analyzing our work and workplace to fully embody the values we want for the world.
CESR's strategy to embed anti-oppression and social justice practices in all aspects of our work.
As the 2022 Financing for Development Forum gets underway, guest bloggers Polly Meeks and Mirjam Gasser use examples from Switzerland, the UK, and India to illustrate why the rights of persons with disabilities cannot be fully realized without reform of the international tax system.
If this website seems different to you, it’s because we have a new look! Updating our visual identity is not just a cosmetic change: Here, we explain how it boosts our efforts to transform the economy through the power of human rights.
More activists and organizations are increasingly incorporating a human rights lens into their work, boosting efforts to transform the dominant economic system.
Human Rights Day message from our Executive Director, Ignacio Saiz
We urge Prof. Attiya Waris to investigate the linkages between rising debt, tax systems, governance, and climate action.
The Principles for Human Rights in Fiscal Policy were presented at the 4th Conference on the Right to Development & Illicit Financial Flows from Africa.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our Executive Director, Ignacio Saiz, contributed to a new issue of GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS, published by the Development and Peace Foundation (SEF).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CESR continues to produce work that reflects on economic responses to COVID-19 and related advocacy efforts across movements and countries.
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.
Allison Corkery's blog post at Equal Times emphasizes how upholding socioeconomic rights in a pandemic remains an obligation—and the law.
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.
During this pandemic, economic rescue packages—nationally and globally—must protect the socioeconomic rights of those most at risk.
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.
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.
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."
Chaparro said that while the G20's agreement to suspend debt payments from pooer countries was welcome, it did not go far enough.
Safeguarding human rights in economic responses to the COVID-19 crisis demands governments finally lay to rest the prevailing dogma of austerity.
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.
How can human rights tools and approaches help amplify the efforts and experiences of those who face inequality on a daily basis?
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.
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.
Ignacio Saiz' submission to OpenGlobalRightsArticulo en español
Human rights advocates should be as concerned with the economic injustices giving rise to recent worldwide demonstrations as with the repressive responses to them.
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.
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.
Fiscal policy cannot be imposed while ignoring people’s rights, as the Indigenous peoples’ protest movement in Ecuador has shown.
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.
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.
Stark power imbalances are fueling extreme global inequality and cross-movement alliances within civil society are needed to combat the problem.
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.
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.
Tax Justice and Human Rights: An Overview of Materials from the Center for Economic and Social Rights
Tacking Economic Inequality Through Human Rights: An Overview of Materials from the Center for Economic and Social Rights
Key CESR publications relating to the SDGs.
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.
Slideshow illustrates the impacts of CESR's collaborative work monitoring austerity policies and other effects of the 2008 financial crisis.
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.
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.
Governments can realize maximum available resources by referencing current distributional debates and establishing hard law solutions via the international human rights ecosystem.
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.
Valuable information competes with State propaganda and sectoral bubbles while civil society gets sidelined.
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.
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.
Country postcards produced for the High-Level Political Forum draw attention to systemic obstacles impeding the SDGs.
Spotlight 2018 reports that the "world is off-track in terms of achieving sustainable development..."
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.
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.
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.
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.
This spring, CESR challenged the IMF to stop supporting harmful fiscal consolidation measures, as in Brazil, Peru, Spain and Egypt,
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.
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.
Courts rely on specialized evidence like technical data in pursuing an economic and social rights claim.
The challenges facing human rights are not the death knell for the movement, but a wake up call for a more holistic approach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Slide presentation to UN Human Rights Council on "Assessing Austerity: Monitoring Human Rights in Fiscal Crises"
March 1: At UN Human Rights Council, Niko Lusiani supports Guiding Principles for assessing rights impacts of austerity and other economic reform policies.
Report denounces cuts depriving health, housing, work, sexual and reproductive health rights.
Setting out a methodological framework for assessing and addressing the human rights impacts of fiscal consolidation.
Practical guidance for policymakers seeking to address the foreseeable human rights consequences of austerity.
CESR has developed a simple, yet comprehensive four-step framework to analyze various aspects of the obligation to fulfill economic and social rights. Adopting the acronym OPERA, the framework incorporates different measures for specific human rights principles and standards, by framing them around four levels of analysis: Outcomes, Policy Efforts, Resources and Assessment.
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.”
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.
Recommendations on how activists can use the WDR to advance economic and social 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.
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.
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.
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.
CESR Remarks to the NANHRI 11th Biennial Conference, November 2017
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.
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
Briefing examines using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to improve accountability for women's rights.
Blog: CESR reflects on the shortcomings of the 2017 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.
Blog: New CESCR General Comment details governments’ legal duties to prevent and address the adverse impacts of corporate tax avoidance on human rights.
New SDG progress report confirms civil society fears that weak monitoring is undermining the agenda.
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.
Panel: CESR Executive Director Ignacio Saiz's comments from a side event hosted by the UN missions of Ecuador and South Africa.
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.
CESR's recent collaborations with human rights defenders in Uganda and our partnership with the Asia-Pacific Forum are bearing fruit.
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.
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.
A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on economic inequality and human rights by CESR's Kate Donald.
UN expert body takes new steps to prevent corporate tax abuses, but more is needed to ensure companies pay their fair share.
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.
Resource: DatNav is a new guide, produced with the collaboration of CESR.
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: inequality takes center stage at UN, as High-Level Political Forum promises to 'leave no one behind' in SDGs.
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”.
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.
Invitation to a groundbreaking dialogue at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
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.
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.
Four months have now passed since Agenda 2030 was agreed, but the crucial matter of designating indicators to measure progress remains in the balance.
Tax policies need to focus on women’s human rights and unpaid care work.
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.
Statement: CESR responds to Agenda 2030, the new sustainable development goals for the next 15 years adopted by member states at the United Nations.
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.
Publication: Leading figures from the economic and social rights movement take stock of the state of the field.
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.
At a recent side event in Geneva, CESR and its partners examined the Universal Periodic Review's efforts to advance ESC rights.
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.
CESR's Kate Donald examines the strengths and weaknesses of the recently released 'zero draft' document for post-2015 development.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This briefing challenges eight widespread yet misguided perceptions about economic policy in times of crisis, and suggests human rights-centered policy alternatives.
Blog: Kate Donald, Director of CESR's Human Rights in Development program, reflects on recent dynamics in the post-2015 talks.
Briefing: A new document from CESR and the Danish Institute for Human Rights explains the role NHRIs should play in post-2015 development.
Briefing: Human rights can provide a fresh lens in post-2015 negotiations
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.
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.
CESR's Kate Donald presents the new briefing 'Universal Rights, Differentiated Responsibilities'.
CESR's Nicholas Lusiani has delivered a presentation on behalf of civil society in advance of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development.
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.
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.
CESR and its partners have developed a proposal for a robust monitoring mechanism for post-2015 development.
UN presentation: CESR's Kate Donald recently spoke at a UN forum, challenging states on their aversion to accountability for development commitments.
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'.
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
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.
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.
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.
CESR has delivered a submission to the UN Secretary-General's Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CESR's Niko Lusiani addresses the UN, setting out the criteria of a 'Human Rights Litmus Test' for post-2015 sustainable development proposals.
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.
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.
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.
CESR contributes to United Nations discussions on monitoring and accountability in the post-2015 development agenda.
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: CESR's Niko Lusiani addresses major meeting of UN development bodies, explaining why post-2015 financing must be anchored in human rights.
The private sector is threatening to drown out civil society's demands for a human rights-based sustainable development framework.
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.
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.
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.
On 22 October 2013, CESR and Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute hosted a conversation with Magdalena Sepúlveda and Olivier de Schutter.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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?
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.
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.
Statement: Key report to General Assembly outlines Secretary General's vision of 'a world we have a right to expect'.
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.
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.
In recent months, CESR has been sharing its OPERA framework with our partners in New Zealand, Malaysia and Slovenia.
Niko Lusiani argues that systematic failures in accountability also helped cause the global financial crisis.
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.
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.
On May 5 the long-awaited Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights finally entered into force.
The human rights framework can provide operational principles and standards of conduct to ensure the post-2015 development plan delivers on its promises.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UN consultation: CESR has contributed to an online consultation organized by the United Nations High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
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.
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.
The new global development framework must be grounded in the universal and pre-existing set of human rights norms, standards and operational principles.
Press release: New website to expose financial sector abuses launched on International Human Rights Day
The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has issued a letter calling for human rights to be properly integrated into future development plans.
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)
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)
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)
The UN General Assembly has been told that unchecked austerity measures are undermining human rights around the world
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
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.
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'.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
The third briefing in the 'Righting Financial Regulation' series provides an overview of how the FTT would work and the benefits it would provide.
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
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.
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: 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.
CESR has staged a major two-day seminar on economic and social rights monitoring in the Spanish capital Madrid.
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.
Only three more ratifications are needed to make the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights operational.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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'.
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.
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.
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.
This 2011 briefing examines national human rights institutions as monitors of economic, social and cultural rights.
A coalition of civil society groups urges the UN to implement stronger international protections against corporate human rights abuses.
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.
World Bank and IMF continue to ignore calls to reassess their approach to agriculture policies and market regulation.
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
NGOs respond to a new UN framework on business and human rights.
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.
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?
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.
CESR and its partners welcomed UNESCO's decision today to suspend, indefinitely, the prize funded by and named after President Obiang of Equatorial Guinea.
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."
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.
A new CESR review of the latest MDG data finds progress has been too slow even to meet the MDGs' modest 2015 targets.
MDG 5, which focuses on improving maternal health, has been the most neglected and underfunded. Not surprisingly, it has shown very uneven progress.
Guest briefing written for CESR by author Rick Rowden.
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."
New publication of photographs highlights human rights during times of economic crisis.
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.
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.
In the OECD Journal on Development "Measuring Human Rights and Democratic Governance" CESR presents a framework for measuring economic and social rights.
Experts stress that access to social security and protection is not a policy choice, but rather a human rights obligation.
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.
Deadline extended to December 7: Photograph the global financial crisis with CESR and SocialDocumentary.net
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.
The United Nations Human Rights Council will hold the 2009 Social Forum from 31 August to 2 September.
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".
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
CESR's statement at UNCTAD's Public Symposium on the global economic crisis and development stressed the need for a human rights framework.
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.
Director-General of the WHO urges continued support for public health, pursued for its own sake as a basic human right.
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.
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.
Edward Anderson, from the University of East Anglia examines how quantitative methods could be incorporated to assess governments' compliance with their human rights obligations.
Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development Report, March 2003.