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Promoting Empowerment through the Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

Parallel event during the 51st Session of the Commission for Social Development

When: February 8th , 2013 (1:15-2:45 pm)

Where: Conference Room 7, United Nations North Lawn Building

Moderator:

  • Mr. Ivan Šimonović, Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Panelists:

  • H.E. Mr. Enrique Román-Morey, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Peru to the United Nations
  • Mr. Martin Briens, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations
  • Ms. Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona, Special Raporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights (attending via video)
  • Mr. Ignacio Saiz, Executive Director, Center for Economic and Social Rights

The Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, which were adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in September last year, offer a set of guidelines for policy-makers and other actors to make sure public policies are in alignment with international law and conducive to poverty reduction.

As the 51st Session of the Commission for Social Development gets underway at the United Nations headquarters in New York, CESR Executive Director Ignacio Saiz will be joining leading figures from the spheres of human rights, development and diplomacy to examine how these principles can be used to promote the empowerment of those living in situations of poverty. If poverty reduction efforts are to prove more effective in the future, it is crucial that opportunities be created for those living in extreme poverty to be heard and contribute to strategies for the eradication of poverty and the implementation of human rights for all.

The parallel event will also hear from Peru’s Ambassador to the UN, the Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the UN, and the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights. The meeting has been organized by International Movement ATD Fourth World, the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations, the Permanent Mission of Peru to the United Nations, and the Subcommittee on the Eradication of Poverty.

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