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Voices for Social Justice - The Influence and Impact of the United Nations Special Procedures


(6.30 – 8.00pm)
Jerome Greene Hall, 102A
Columbia Law School, 435 W. 116th Street

 A pdf version of this invitation can be accessed here

Magdalena Sepúlveda,
Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

Olivier de Schutter,
Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

in conversation with

Ignacio Saiz,
Executive Director, Center for Economic and Social Rights

Reception following

In recent years, the innovative work of United Nations Special Procedures—independent rapporteurs, representatives, experts and working groups mandated to monitor a particular thematic or country-specific issue—has done much to advance social justice, particularly for minorities, women and people living in poverty.

All of the current Special Procedures mandate holders with a thematic focus on economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) will complete their terms in 2014. With activities already being planned for next year’s Human Rights Council to reflect on the legacy of the current mandate holders, this panel discussion presents an opportunity for New York-based civil society groups and those with an interest in the work of the Special Procedures to share their perspectives on this question.

Specifically, the Panel aims to provide a platform for an informal discussion on the achievements of key ESCR mandates. Participants will also explore existing challenges and potential opportunities ahead for the next ESCR-focused mandate holders.

  • This event will take place in the Jerome Greene Hall, 102A Columbia Law School on Tuesday 22 October at 6.30pm. Please find further details of the meeting in the pdf flyer here. 

  • All are welcome. Please feel free to share this invitation with your networks. To RSVP for this event, please email CESR Communications Coordinator Luke Holland at lholland@cesr.org.