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VOICES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE: The Influence and Impact of the United Nations Special Procedures

Start/End Tuesday, October 22, 2013 06:30 PM EDT -- 08:00 PM EDT
Location Name Jerome Greene Hall Room 102 A

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.

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 to follow.