Global Social Rights

22-23 September 2014
World Conference on Indigenous People >>

12 September 2014
'Global Economy, Global Rights. A practitioners' guide for interpreting human rights obligations in the global economy' >>  was published by the ESCR-Net Corproate Accountability Working Group.

26 June 2014

The Human Rights Council >> extended the mandates of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, the Independent Expert on human rights and international solidarity; and decided to establish an open-ended intergovernmental working group with the mandate to elaborate an international legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights

12 June 2014

The World Day Against Child Labour >>

10-12 June 2014

7th session >> of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

9-10 June 2014
High-level Event of the UN GA on 'Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Post-2015 Development Agenda' >>

9 June 2014

UN officals >> call for human rights-backed development agenda

3 June 2014
Olivier De Schutter released his final report >> as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food to the UN Human Rights Council

2-3 June 2014
ECOSOC Youth Forum >>

12 May 2014

13th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues >>

2 - 11 April 2014

Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities holds its 11th session >> in Geneva

1-3 April 2103
'The 2014 Social Forum' >> took place in Geneva

21 March 2014

Conclusions >>  of the 58th session of the Commission on Status of Women

10-21 March 2014

Commission on the Status of Women >> (focus on development, particularly education and reproductive rights).

20 February 2014

The World Bank published 'Gender at Work' >>  (a companion to the World Development Report on Jobs >>). A Bretton Woods Project comment >>

20 February 2014
World Day of Social Justice >>  
ILO Statement >> 
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon >>

3 December 2013

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is under the theme of 'Breaking Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all' >>

21 November 2013

The OHCHR released 'Realizing the Right to Development: Essays in Commemoration of 25 Years of the UN Declaration on the Right to Development' >>

19 September 2013

Gender Equality, Women's Rights, and Sustainable Development Goals >> was launched at a side event for the 68th UN GA.

18 November 2013
'Claiming Rights: Domestic Workers' Movements and Global Advances for Labor Reform' >> was published by IDWN, the ITUC and Human Rights Watch

23 September 2013
High-Level Meeting of the UN GA on disability and development >>

13 September 2013
The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities concluded its 10th session >>.

22 July 2013
The Human Rights Watch published 'Abuse-Free Development. How the World Bank Should Safeguard Against Human Rights Violations' >>

19-20 July 2013
The UN DESA Forum for Dialogue on the post-2015 development framework and Disability >> will be held in New York.

25 June 2013
A Panel Discussion >> about Labour Mobility and the Protection of Migrants' Rights took place during the UN GA.

18 April 2013
"UN experts urge World Bank to adopt human rights standards in its policies" >>

8 March 2013
International Women's Day >> was under the topic of 'A Promise is a Promise. Time to take action to end violence against women'. A related blog can be found at >>

1 March 2013
An online consultation for a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond >>  has been launched by The World We Want.

11 October 2012
The first 'Day of the Girl' >> generated several initiatives, see for example: Day of the Girl Summit >>, Plan International >> and DfID >>.

10 October 2012
The Bank Information Centre asks 'Why is the World Bank Excluding People with Disabilities' >>.

9 October 2012
A briefing note 'Underwriting the Poor: A Global Fund for Social Protection' >> by the Special Rapporteur on the right to food and the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights has been published.

1-2 October 2012
The Social Forum of the UN Human Rights Council >> takes place.

17-28 September 2012
The Committee on the Rights of Persons with disabilities >> convenes for its 8th session.

14-15 September 2012
The first Forum 'Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities' >> was hosted by UNICEF in New York.

12-14 September 2012
The Fifth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities >> convenes at the UN Headquarters in New York.

5 September 2012
UNRISD organised a special panel discussion on 'The Role of Social Security in Realizing Human Rights' >>.

4 September 2012
DESA News >> was published, looking at the post-MDG process, persons with disabilities, empowering people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full employment.

31 August 2012
The ICSW's Global Cooperation Newsletter >> for August 2012 has been published; addressing amongst other things the human rights of older persons.

21-24 August 2012
The third working session >> of the open-ended working group for the purpose of strengthening the protection of the human rights of older persons took place in New York.

3 July 2012
ITUC has released a briefing note >> on the UN Framework for Business and Human Rights and the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights (a related, longer document >> is also available).

29 June 2012
The Human Rights Council held general debates >> on Human Rights Bodies and Mechanisms and on the Universal Periodic Review.

31 May 2012
The UNHCR launched is flagship publication ‘The State of the World’s Refugees: In Search for Solidarity’ >>.

29 May - 15 June 2012
The Committee on the Rights of the Child convened for its 60th session >>.

7-18 May 2012
The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues >> convened at the UN headquarters in New York under the special topic of "The Doctrine of Discovery: its enduring impact on indigenous peoples and the right to redress for past conquests (articles 28 and 37 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples)".

7-11 May 2012
The 13th session of the Intergovernmental open-ended Working Group on the Right to Development >> took place in Geneva.

8 March 2012
This year's International Women's Day (8 March) is under the topic of 'Empower Rural Women - End Hunger and Poverty'. The UN Website on International Women's Day >> contains information about the topic and events on the day. Further contributions can be found at the ILO's website on the Women's Day >>.

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