poverty

Uganda's development policies under scrutiny from UN rights body
Press release: Uganda's development policies have come under international scrutiny as the country appeared before the Human Rights Council.
Switzerland in UN hotseat over women's rights impacts of its role as tax haven
Press release: Switzerland faced tough questions from a UN rights body over the toll its tax and financial secrecy policies take on women's rights across the globe.
From Disparity to Dignity: Inequality and the SDGs
Publication: CESR is proud to present a new briefing examining the human rights issues at stake in SDG10.
‘Panama Papers’: when tax abuse is human rights abuse
In the wake of the 'Panama Papers' scandal, the threat to human rights represented by international tax abuse has been thrown into stark relief.
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.
Redistributing unpaid care work: why tax matters for women’s rights

Briefing: A new policy briefing produced by the Institute for Development Studies and CESR outlines why it is so important to consider women’s human rights and unpaid care work when designing tax policies
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.
2015: the tipping point for inequality?
End-of-year message from CESR Executive Director Ignacio Saiz: In 2015 important commitments were made to address global inequality, but in 2016 this rhetoric must be translated into action.
This Human Rights Day, it's time multinationals pay their fair share
by Niko Lusiani
December 11th, 2015
Blog: Niko Lusiani, Director of CESR's Human Rights in Economic Policy Program, reports on the significance of the 'paguenlojusto' campaign.
Big business and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda
by Kate Donald
December 8th, 2015
Blog: If the private sector is to play the central role foreseen for it in Agenda2030, a business-as-usual approach won't suffice.
Inequality: can human rights make a difference?
With extreme inequality one of the defining issues of our time, CESR guest-edits a new openGlobalRights debate exploring the intersection of economic inequality and human rights.
From the margins to the center: Fiscal policy and human rights in the Americas
Thematic hearing: The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has for the first time played host to a thematic hearing specifically focused on fiscal policy and human rights.
De los Márgenes al Centro: La Política Fiscal y los Derechos Humanos en las Américas
Por primera vez una audiencia temática ante la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos tuvo como centro de atención la política fiscal y su impacto sobre los derechos humanos.
Política Fiscal y Derechos Humanos en las Américas
Informe: Una audiencia temática sobre política fiscal y derechos humanos se desarrollará el próximo 22 de octubre en la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos.
Fiscal Policy and Human Rights in the Americas
Thematic hearing: A groundbreaking hearing on fiscal policy and human rights will be held at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights next week in Washington DC.
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.
Defending Dignity: APF-CESR manual for NHRIs on economic and social rights monitoring


Monitoring manual: CESR and the Asia-Pacific Forum present a new manual designed to strengthen the role of National Human Rights Institutions in monitoring ESC rights.
Política Fiscal y Derechos Humanos en las Américas
Invitación: Una audiencia temática ante la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos proveerá evidencia sobre la forma en que la política fiscal afecta los derechos humanos.
Fiscal Policy and Human Rights in the Americas
Invitation: CESR invites you to a thematic hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights examining the relationship between fiscal policy and human rights.
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.
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.
Taking stock of two decades of economic and social rights advocacy
Publication: Leading figures from the economic and social rights movement come together in a major new CESR publication to take stock of the state of the field.
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.
Global civil society demands stronger 'Addis Ababa Agenda'
July 14th, 2015
Joint declaration: As world leaders meet in Addis Ababa, over 600 civil society organizations call for a stronger agreement on post-2015 financing for development.
Falling at the last hurdle? Human rights and accountability in the Sustainable Development Goals
by Kate Donald
July 2nd, 2015
Blog: CESR's Kate Donald examines the strengths and weaknesses of the recently released 'zero draft’ document for post-2015 development.
Insuficiente respuesta de España ante el Consejo de DDHH de NNUU en Ginebra
Nota de prensa: El Gobierno español acaba de dar respuesta a las recomendaciones que le fueron realizadas con motivo del Examen Periódico Universal ante el Consejo de Derechos Humanos de la ONU.
Spanish government gives inadequate response to UN Human Rights Council recommendations on migrants’ right to health

Press release: As Spain appears before the Human Rights Council, CESR and its partners affirm access to health care is still not guaranteed to migrants in the country.
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.
Endorse the Lima Declaration on Tax Justice and Human Rights
June 19th, 2015
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.
National Human Rights Institutions can help ensure post-2015 goals deliver
June 2nd, 2015
Briefing: A new document from CESR and the Danish Institute for Human Rights explains the role National Human Rights Institutions can and must play in post-2015 development.
Breaking the accountability taboo in sustainable development negotiations
by Kate Donald
June 2nd, 2015
Blog: Kate Donald, Director of CESR's Human Rights in Development program, reflects on recent dynamics in the post-2015 talks.
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
Measuring what we treasure: human rights insights for post-2015 development
by CESR
May 15th, 2015
Blog: 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.
Construyendo una plataforma para la justicia fiscal a través de los derechos humanos
Tax justice activists and human rights defenders from all over the world came together last week in Peru for a strategy meeting designed to build a platform for future collaboration.
Building the foundation for tax justice through human rights
Tax justice activists and human rights defenders from all over the world came together last week in Peru for a strategy meeting designed to build a platform for future collaboration.
New tools for old problems: closing the accountability gap in Egypt
by Allison Corkery
May 6th, 2015
Blog: Allison Corkery, Director of CESR's Rights Claiming and Accountability Program, on the next phased of our ongoing collaboration with Egyptian human rights defenders.
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.
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.
Spain’s austerity criticized again in UN human rights review
Spain’s failure to protect economic and social rights in times of economic crisis has come under stern criticism from other states at the Universal Periodic Review.
The ‘data revolution’: of the people, for the people?
by Kate Donald
November 24th, 2014
Blog: 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.
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.
Egypt to answer to UN for deteriorating human rights conditions
Press release: Egypt comes before the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review mechanism amid worsening deprivation and a crackdown on civil society space in the country.
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.
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.
Egypt: Widespread rights retrogression exposed before UPR
Briefing papers: New series of factsheets highlights economic and social rights situation in Egypt before the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review.
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.
SDGs merely dead letters without fiscal justice and human rights
by Niko Lusiani
September 10th, 2014
Blog: 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.
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.
European rights chief warns of austerity's 'lost generation'
by Luke Holland
June 5th, 2014
Blog: Drawing on a recently-published issue paper commissioned from CESR, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights calls for young people's rights to be restored.
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.
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'.
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.
King, Keynes and Obama’s legacy at the IMF
by Niko Lusiani
January 20th, 2013
Blog: 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.
Busan: mutual accountability isn’t a one-way relationship
by Luke Holland and Victoria Wisniewski
December 1st, 2011
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.
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”.
Bolivia goes hungry on World Food Day
CESR has collaborated on a new report addressing hunger and food insecurity in Bolivia. This October 16, as the international community marks World Food Day, it behoves us to remember that hunger is not the inevitable result of natural factors. Rather, it is the direct ramification of deliberate political choices made by those in power.
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.
Rolling back economic and social rights to aid the banks? Ireland's National Recovery Plan
by Sally-Anne Way
December 13th, 2010
Should Ireland cut the protection of economic and social rights to finance this deficit? And who is bearing the burden of these cuts?
Time for the G20 to be global leaders where it counts
by Victoria Wisniewski Otero
November 12th, 2010
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?
Tackling Income Inequality in the United States through Financial Literacy Programs
by Victoria Wisniewski Otero
July 6th, 2010
The income gap between whites and blacks more than quadrupled between 1984 and 2007, and a quarter of black families have no assets at all.
Haiti, one month on: rethinking the model
by Ignacio Saiz, Executive Director
February 12th, 2010
Haitian human rights and development organizations are calling for a different vision of development aid in the aftermath of the earthquake.
Draft Guiding Principles on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty
by Shira Stanton and Sally Anne-Way
January 25th, 2010
NGO working groups provides input into the Draft Guiding Principles
Online discussion on Women and Poverty
by Shira Stanton
January 20th, 2010
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.
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.
Equatorial Guinea: resource cursed
by Shira Stanton
September 9th, 2009
An article in Foreign Policy demonstrates how Equatorial Guinea's oil is hurting rather than helping