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Draft guiding principles on ‘extreme poverty and human rights: the rights of the poor’

Salomon, Margot E. (2009) Draft guiding principles on ‘extreme poverty and human rights: the rights of the poor’. Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, New York, USA.

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Abstract

In 2001, concerned that extreme poverty constitutes a violation of human dignity and that urgent national and international action is required to eliminate them, the former Commission on Human Rights requested its Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection and Human Rights to consider the need to develop guiding principles on the implementation of existing human rights norms and standards in the context of the fight against extreme poverty. In response, the Sub-Commission entrusted an ad hoc group of experts with the task of preparing draft guiding principles on extreme poverty and human rights, which were annexed to resolution 2006/9 adopted by the Sub-Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights on 24 August 2006 and submitted to the Human Rights Council at its second session in 2006. In its resolution 2/2 of 27 November 2006, the Council took note of the draft guiding principles on extreme poverty and human rights: the rights of the poor prepared by the former Sub-Commission, and requested the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to circulate the draft guiding principles to obtain the views of States, relevant United Nations agencies, intergovernmental organisations, United Nations treaty bodies and special procedures mandate-holders including the independent expert on the question of human rights and extreme poverty, national human rights institutions, non-governmental organisations, especially those in which people in situations of extreme poverty express their views, and other relevant stakeholders. A report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the findings of the consultations was submitted to the HRC at its seventh session (A/HRC/7/32). Pursuant to the Council resolution 7/27 of 28 March 2008, a second round of consultations was organised by OHCHR during the end of 2008. As part of these consultations, OHCHR organized a two-day Seminar during 27-28 January 2009 in Geneva, to discuss: (a) the added value and practical utility of the draft guiding principles on extreme poverty and human rights in helping to implement existing human rights norms and standards in the context of the fight against extreme poverty; (b) the technical legal merit of the draft guiding principles on extreme poverty and human rights; and (c) possible way forward on the draft guiding principles.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Official URL: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Pages/WelcomePage.aspx
Additional Information: © 2009 OHCHR
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for the Study of Human Rights
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Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2010 14:14
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/27152/

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