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El País – “Dejar a familias en esta terrible situación es una violación de convenios que España ha ratificado”

Olivier De Schutter, relator especial de la ONU sobre pobreza extrema y derechos humanos, critica la guerra política que se vive en torno a la Cañada Real de Madrid tras tres meses sin luz Luis De Vega Olivier De Schutter es relator especial de la ONU sobre la pobreza extrema y los derechos humanos. De… Continue reading →

France 24 : UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty: ‘We need to build back better’

Watch the video “The current crisis is an opportunity to rethink the role of social protection in our societies. What we need to do now is ensuring that we build more resilient societies in the future by strengthening social protection programs. We need to ensure that all individuals, women, men and children are protected throughout… Continue reading →

VIDEO: Speaking of poverty, differently

Poverty has often been pictured as attributable to the individual, but we should see it instead a failure of society. To combat poverty, we should not shame or penalize people in poverty. We should instead create an economy that is truly inclusive, in which each person is not considered a passive recipient of support, but… Continue reading →

HRC Social Forum: Poverty Matrix (video)

In this video, presented at the Human Rights Council Social Forum of 8-9 October 2020, the Special Rapporteur explains why the « Poverty Matrix » helps to visualize the different factors that contribute to the perpetuation of poverty and how they related to one another. The matrix highlights the vicious cycles in which poverty breeds… Continue reading →

Charting pathways out of poverty with the global Multidimensional Poverty Index

The UN Special Rapporteur participated in a side-event to the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), sponsored by the University of Oxford and the UNDP, on the 2020 Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) data and publication “Charting pathways out of multidimensional poverty: Achieving the SDGs”… Continue reading →

How to ensure the poor don’t pay for Covid-19

The UN Special Rapporteur participated in the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN)’s annual policy conference on July 14. His intervention dealt with some of the challenges countries face in light of the COVID-19 economic crisis, such as the problem of non-take-up of rights and the need for people in poverty to participate in the design and assessment of programs. He also spoke about the issue of the EU’s informal or non-standard sector and the need to build inclusive labor markets, establish living minimum wages, adopt a minimum income across the EU, and ensure that the financing of social protection is equitable.… Continue reading →

COVID-19 and the human rights of people living in poverty

The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights spoke at a virtual side event that took place during the 44th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, on July 14, on COVID-19 and the human rights of people living in poverty. In his intervention (starting at 7:10), he highlighted the challenges countries are facing to ensure that social protection measures adopted in response to the economic crisis post-COVID-19 can reach people in poverty.… Continue reading →

Poverty monitoring in the context of Covid-19: Keynote

The Special Rapporteur speaks about the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on people in poverty, advocating for social protection schemes that extend beyond this crisis, cover informal workers, and are financed equitably. The establishment of a Global Fund for Social Protection, of which the Special Rapporteur is a firm supporter, will help least developed countries protect their population through social protection floors.… Continue reading →