Activities carried out by the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

July 2021 Op-Ed: Preparing the Economy to Face the Next Shock: the New Global Fund for Social Protection

July 2021 Launch of new animated video: 5 myths about social protection

1 July 2021 Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights held a press conference on July 1 at 11 am CET following up on the presentation of his report at the Human Right Council

30 June 2021 Presentation of the UN Special Rapporteur’s new thematic report: "Global fund for Social Protection: international solidarity in the service of poverty eradication" to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

16 June 2021 Special Rapporteur published an artile on the 10th Anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Towards a social economy: The next generation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights - Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (business-humanrights.org)

June 2021 The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights launched a long-term video project to support the campaign for global social protection. It is meant to gather momentum and to support exchanges between civil society groups around the world.

May 2021Publication of the Report on the Mandate’s activities (May 2020-May 2021)

20 May 2021 The UN Special Rapporteur participated at the 2021 HLPF Thematic Review Expert Group Meeting.

29 January 2021 Press Conference at the end of the SR's visit to the EU

November 2020 - January 2021 Visit to the EU institutions

October 2020 Presentation to the GA of the SR’s Tematic report on the “just transition” in the economic recovery: Eradicating poverty within planetary boundaries

8-9 October 2020Social Forum – Presentation of the poverty matrix

July 2020 Presentation to the HRC 44th session of the SR’s thematic report on the parlous state of poverty eradication and his country visit report to Spain

June 2020Launch of a special report on the impact of COVID-19 on people living in poverty

1 May 2020 Presentation of key challenges facing the fight against poverty and thematic priorities for the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights at the beginning of his mandate.

January 2020Visit to Spain

September 2019

August 2019Visit to Malaysia

March 2019Visit to Lao PDR

22 February 2018 UN expert on extreme poverty and human rights to visit Ghana

31 January 2018 Special Rapporteur sends a reply to the Australian Government on Social Services Legislation Amendment Act and Cashless Bill (See the Australian Government's reply, 15 January 2018)

15 December 2017 Press conference at the end of the SR's visit to the USA

1-15 December 2017 UN expert on extreme poverty and human rights to visit the United States (Spanish version)

25 October 2017 The Special Rapporteur sends a follow-up letter to the Government of Saudi Arabia on women's rights (25 October 2017)

17 October 2017 Information Note: "UN expert denounces Australia plan to drug-test benefit claimants as "cheap shot" at most vulnerable" (17 October 2017) (See the full letter to the Government)

3 October 2017 The Special Rapporteur delivers remarks on "Brazil's approach to promoting austerity through a constitutional amendment" (3 October 2017, Sao Paulo, Brazil)

5 October 2016 "The UN's lawyers are effectively defending impunity, rather than immunity" - Letter to the Deputy Secretary-General on the UN responsibility for the cholera outbreak in Haiti and
12 October 2016 his reply

The UN's abdication approach is morally unconscionable, legally indefensible and politically self-defeating", Special Rapporteur publishes a report on the UN's responsibility for the cholera outbreak in Haiti

29 September 2015, The approach of the World Bank is incoherent and unsustainable": Special Rapporteur publishes report on World Bank and human rights

12 February 2015, Tax Policy is Human Rights Policy: The Irish Debate" - The Special Rapporteur delivers a keynote address at Christian Aid conference on The Human Rights Impact of Tax and Fiscal Policy

12 December 2014, the Special Procedures mandate holders issue a letter to the World Bank concerning the review of its Safeguards policies

7 November 2014, Special Rapporteur publishes an op-ed in the Washington Post on the World Bank's long-standing aversion to discussing human rights

24 October 2014, Special Rapporteur presents his first report to the General Assembly

15 October 2014, Special Rapporteur delivers a keynote address at the Nordic Trust Fund for Human Rights and Development Annual Workshop: "Rethinking the World Bank's approach to human rights"