Thematic Reports

The Special Rapporteur submits one report to the Human Rights Council in June and one report to the General Assembly in October every year. Professor Alston’s reports explore how poverty is a political choice rather than an inevitable outcome, current economic developments and debates, and how relevant players such as the human rights community and development finance institutions can improve their approaches to combating poverty and human rights violations around the world.

IMF thematic report-01


The digital welfare state

Climate change



The role of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in relation to social protection


The enjoyment of civil and political rights by persons living in poverty

Universal basic income


UN responsibility for the cholera outbreak in Haiti

Marginalization of economic and social rights


The World Bank and human rights

Extreme inequality and human rights


Implementation of the right to social protection through the adoption of social protection floors