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Post-2015 Development Agenda

Given the special relevance of the post-2015 development agenda to the human rights of persons living in extreme poverty, the Special Rapporteur is lobbying States to ensure that the final framework is founded on and substantively informed by human rights law and principles. Her various interventions and submissions are posted below.

UN High level meeting on MDGs 2013: The Way Forward for Human Rights

On 25 September 2013, the UN General Assembly held a high level meeting in New York that brought government leaders together to review progress on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, and to map the way forward beyond 2015. Following a groundswell of civil society calls for a global development agenda with human rights at its heart, the outcome document pledged that the new agenda should promote “human rights for all”.

The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights welcomes this commitment, which reflects the importance of human rights to achieving truly sustainable and transformative development, and shows that they can no longer be marginalized in development debates and policy. States should build on this vision in their negotiations over the coming months, and go beyond rhetoric to ensure that human rights substantively inform targets and goals.

The Special Rapporteur recalls her previous appeals to States that social protection, access to justice and unpaid care work should be among the key human rights priorities for the next development agenda. She urges States to be guided by human rights norms and principles - including equality and non-discrimination, accountability and participation - in moving forward.

High-Level Panel report on the post-2015 development agenda: reaction from the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

The Special Rapporteur welcomes some elements of the High-Level Panel's report, but calls for stronger human rights approach to the final post-2015 agenda, as well as a more ambitious approach in regard to inequality, social protection and access to justice.

Unpaid Care Work in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights calls on States to include the issue of unpaid care work in their commitments to tackle poverty and gender inequality in the evolving post-2015 global development framework. She calls for a stand-alone goal on gender equality with commitments on reducing women’s time burdens; improving access to childcare and other quality public services, as well as time-saving domestic technologies. For further details, please consult this document.

Social protection in the post-2015 development agenda

The Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights adds her voice to those who are calling for the inclusion of social protection as a core priority in the post-2015 development agenda. Social protection can play a fundamental role in addressing the needs of people living in extreme poverty, tackling inequality and realizing human rights – all indisputable and necessary overarching goals of any future development agenda. The document is available here.

Access to justice in the post-2015 development agenda

The Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights calls for the inclusion of a specific goal, target and indicators on access to justice in the post-2015 development agenda. Document available here.

Joint initiatives with other special procedures mandates

In September 2013, the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights led an initiative of issuing a statement, jointly with 17 other mandate holders, that addressed the Special Event on the Achievement of MDGs and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The statement is available here.

In May 2013, the Special Rapporteur joined 16 other mandates in urging States to ground development priorities in human rights and focus on eliminating inequalities, improving social protection, and ensuring accountability. The statement is available here.