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Switzerland should answer for women’s rights impacts of its role as tax haven
Press release: A key UN human rights body hears evidence that Switzerland’s opaque financial system is undermining women’s rights around the world.
Switzerland's financial secrecy brought under human rights spotlight
March 1st, 2016
UN submission: A coalition of civil society organizations has called on CEDAW to examine the extra-territorial impacts of Switzerland’s financial legislation on women’s rights.
Promising the World: Accountability and the SDGs
by Kate Donald
January 25th, 2016
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.
The Measure of Progress: how human rights should inform the SDG indicators
Briefing: 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.
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.
Strong commitments to human rights survive in final SDG text, despite sordid final compromises
by Kate Donald
August 5th, 2015
Blog: 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.
Human rights in the global partnership for sustainable development: 7 misconceptions
by Niko Lusiani
June 25th, 2015
Blog: 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.
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.
Responsibilities beyond borders: unlocking the post-2015 stalemate on international cooperation
Briefing: CESR and Third World Network launch a new briefing explaining that human rights can provide a fresh lens on an entrenched stalemate in post-2015 negotiations
'The global partnership for development': tackling the accountability deficit
by Kate Donald
April 23rd, 2015
Blog: CESR's Kate Donald analyses what's needed for a truly transformative post-2015 partnership, and presents the new briefing 'Universal Rights, Differentiated Responsibilities'.
Monitoring tax spillovers in the Financing for Development Accord
UN presentation: CESR's Nicholas Lusiani has delivered an important presentation on behalf of civil society in advance of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development.
Why the Sustainable Development Goals 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.
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.
Accountability for the post-2015 agenda: A proposal for a robust global review mechanism
CESR - along with Amnesty International, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Human Rights Watch – has developed a proposal for a robust monitoring mechanism for post-2015 development.
Indicators for a post-2015 fiscal revolution
Working paper: As the UN Statistical Commission meets to debate indicators for post-2015 development, CESR and Christian Aid offer some rights-based proposals.
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.
Spain under scrutiny at United Nations
Press release: On January 21 the Spanish government will be held to account for its human rights record at the Universal Periodic Review
2015: a seminal year for integrating 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'.
A missed opportunity for ESCR: Reflections on Egypt’s appearance before the Universal Periodic Review
by Allison Corkery
November 21st, 2014
Blog: CESR's Allison Corkery reflects on the challenges of holding Egypt to account before the UN for its ESCR obligations, amidst civil society repression and a politically charged context.
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.
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.
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.
Transforming the development agenda requires more, not less, attention to human rights
Opinion article: 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.
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.
Human rights 'non-negotiable' on post-2015 agenda, says global civil society
by Luke Holland
August 31st, 2014
Blog: 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.
Will High-Level Forum rise to accountability challenge?
by Luke Holland
July 7th, 2014
Blog: 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.
Will post-2015 development proposals meet the Human Rights Litmus Test?
June 10th, 2014
CESR's Niko Lusiani addresses the UN, setting out the criteria of a 'Human Rights Litmus Test' for post-2015 sustainable development proposals.
Human Rights for All Post-2015: A Litmus Test
Please give your organization's backing to the 'Human Rights for All Post-2015 Litmus Test', a new tool to evaluate proposals for the post-2015 development framework.
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.
UN Financing Committee hears call for post-2015 fiscal revolution
by Luke Holland
May 14th, 2014
Blog: 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.
Accountability moves to the fore of the Post-2015 debate
by Luke Holland
May 7th, 2014
Blog: CESR contributes to United Nations discussions on monitoring and accountability in the post-2015 development agenda.
Sustainable development requires a 'fiscal revolution'
May 5th, 2014
Policy Briefing: A new briefing, released for the 11th session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, sets out the commitments needed to deliver a 'fiscal revolution'.
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.

OWG proposals risk sidelining consensus on human rights-centered sustainable development
March 3rd, 2014
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.
As states set sights on inequality, it’s time to get fiscal
February 24th, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
Egypt rights activists take struggle to Geneva
by Luke Holland
November 23rd, 2013
Blog: CESR and its partners travelled to Geneva last week as Egypt was reviewed at the 51st session of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
Egypt's rights record found wanting at UN
Press release: The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has firmly criticised Egypt's failure to address the social injustices and marked inequality that fuelled the 2011 revolution.
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?
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.
Visions and Voices for Human Rights: 
Integrating human rights into the post-2015 agenda
Save the date: On September 24 CESR and its partners will stage a forum on integrating human rights into the post-2015 development framework at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
Human rights and economic crisis: the response of the United Nations system
This CESR resource document examines the reaction of the various branches of the United Nations in the face of the global economic crisis. It finds that, despite a great deal of lip-service being paid to the “human aspects” of the downturn, human rights have not been properly considered.
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.
Civil Society demands ‘better aid’ on International Day for Eradication of Poverty
by Luke Holland
October 17th, 2011
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”.
Ireland’s economic & social rights record under the spotlight at United Nations
by Luke Holland
October 4th, 2011
On Thursday October 6 Ireland will face the scrutiny of her peers at the United Nations as her human rights record is considered at the UPR. CESR will be present to highlight the retrogression in economic and social rights that has flowed from the government's short-sighted austerity measures.
Nota de prensa: UNESCO debe poner fin al desacreditado premio UNESCO - Obiang Ciencias de la Vida
September 27th, 2011
UNESCO debe rechazar el nuevo intento del Gobierno de Guinea Ecuatorial de honrar a su Presidente, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo – mandatario africano que más años lleva en el poder - con un premio en su nombre, manifestó hoy un grupo de 9 organizaciones de Derechos Humanos.
Press release: UNESCO Must Stop Discredited Prize
September 27th, 2011
CESR has joined forces with eight other human rights organizations to confront moves to resurrect the discredited UNESCO-Obiang Science Prize. The government of Equatorial Guinea is hoping to bring back the award honouring dictator Teodoro Obiang, which was suspended last year.
Supporting Equatorial Guinea’s embattled rights defenders
by Luke Holland
September 20th, 2011
Despite spectacular rates of growth, the majority of Equatorial Guinea’s population continues to live in poverty. On Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 September CESR joined forces with EG Justice and several Equatoguinean NGOs to stage a capacity-building workshop in Madrid.
Political failures behind Horn of Africa crisis
by Luke Holland
September 2nd, 2011
Political indifference is as much to blame as drought for the spectre of famine's return to the Horn of Africa. Luke Holland explores the factors contributing to the crisis currently gripping the region.
Human Rights Essential to Human Development in Least-Developed Countries
by Victoria Wisniewski Otero
May 27th, 2011
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.
100 Years of International Women's Day
by Allison Corkery and Victoria Wisniewski
March 8th, 2011
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.
CESR at the UN: the United States' human rights obligations (video).
by Kevin Donegan
December 16th, 2010
The obligation of every government is to protect, respect, and fulfill economic and social rights. Watch CESR's comments and those of our allies about the United States' responsibilities.
How much longer for a legally-binding accord on emissions reductions?
by Victoria Wisniewski Otero
December 15th, 2010
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.
How the U.S. defended its human rights record before the United Nations
by Maria Jose Eva
November 9th, 2010
The U.S. government presents its human rights record to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
CESR to co-host event on U.S. human rights record at the UN
by Kevin Donegan
October 25th, 2010
November 5 in Geneva: "Building Foundations for Freedom from Want in the Land of Plenty"
UN MDG Summit Opens with Many Promises Hanging in the Air
by Ignacio Saiz, Executive Director
September 21st, 2010
CESR reports back from the opening session of the UN Millennium Development Summit in New York yesterday.
La Cumbre sobre los ODM: una oportunidad para demostrar un liderazgo real sobre los derechos de la mujer
De todos los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Millenio, el ODM 5, dirigido a mejorar la salud materna, ha sido el más descuidado y el que cuenta con menos fondos. Como era de esperar, los avances en el cumplimiento de éste han sido muy irregulares.
Message to UN General Assembly: "Don't forget human rights in achieving the Millennium Goals"
by Kevin DoneganUN OHCHR
September 17th, 2010
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."
Guatemala: CESR realiza presentación conjunta ante el Comité de Derechos Humanos
by Maria José Eva y Seona Dillon McLoughlin
CESR, en cooperación con el Grupo con Interdisciplinario de Derechos Sexual y Reproductivos de Guatemala y el Planned Parenthood Federation of America, han presentado un informe al Comité de Derechos Humanos (CDH) el 30 de Julio pasado sobre temas económicos y de salud que están directamente relacionados con los derechos protegidos por el Pacto Internacional del Derechos Civiles y Políticos.
Guatemala: Joint Submission to the UN Human Rights Committee
by Seona Dillon McLoughlin and Maria Jose Eva
August 10th, 2010
CESR, in cooperation with the Multidisciplinary Group on Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Guatemala and Planned Parenthood Federation of America, submitted a report to the Human Rights Committee about health and economic issues affecting women in Guatemala, July 2010.
UN Resolution Recognizes Water as a Right
by Vicotora Wisniewski Otero and Seona Dillon McLoughlin
August 2nd, 2010
UN General Assembly passes a resolution declaring access to clean water and sanitation as a fundamental right.
Ecuador Is First Country to Ratify the Optional Protocol to the ICESCR
by Seona Dillon McLoughlin
June 18th, 2010
New mechanism will ensure that victims of economic rights violations have the right to an effective remedy.
Equatorial Guinea reports to the UN on human rights commitments
by Maria José Eva
March 25th, 2010
Government and NGOs present different pictures before UN Human Rights Council in Geneva
Human Rights in Equatorial Guinea (event)
by Kevin Donegan
March 12th, 2010
Taking Action on the United Nations' Recommendations, a side event at the 13th session of the Human Rights Council
Human Rights Responses to the Global Economic Crisis in Geneva
by Shira Stanton
March 2nd, 2010
Side event on March 4 at the 13th session of the Human Rights Council
Experts Comment on Rights in Times of Economic Crisis
by Shira Stanton and Kevin Donegan
November 11th, 2009
Experts stress that access to social security and protection is not a policy choice, but rather a human rights obligation.
UN Human Rights Council Investigates Links Between Extreme Poverty and Human Rights
by Shira Stanton
November 5th, 2009
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.