About the Mandate for the Special Rapporteur for extreme poverty

Through its resolutions 8/11 and 44/13, the Human Rights Council requests the Special Rapporteur for extreme poverty to:

  • Identify approaches for removing all obstacles, including institutional ones, to the full enjoyment of human rights for people living in extreme poverty.
  • Identify, including in cooperation with international financial organizations, the most efficient measures taken at the national, regional and international levels to promote the full enjoyment of human rights of persons living in extreme poverty.
  • Make recommendations on how persons living in extreme poverty can participate in the full enjoyment of their human rights and the sustainable improvement of their quality of life, including through empowerment and resource mobilization at all levels.
  • Study the impact of discrimination, paying particular attention to the situation of women, children and other vulnerable groups, including persons with disabilities living in extreme poverty.
  • Develop cooperation with United Nations bodies dealing with the same subject and to continue participating in relevant international conferences on extreme poverty.

In the fulfilment of the mandate, the Special Rapporteur:

  • Undertakes country visits;
  • Responds to information received concerning the human rights situation of people living in extreme poverty;
  • Develops constructive dialogue with Governments, international organizations, civil society and other relevant actors with a view to identifying ways to remove all obstacles to the full enjoyment of human rights for people living in extreme poverty;
  • Submits annual reports to the Human Rights Council and to the General Assembly;
  • Communicates with States and other concerned parties with regard to alleged cases of violations of the human rights of people living in poverty and social exclusion and other issues related to the mandate.

Relevant resolutions of the General Assembly


Session

Date

Symbol number

Title

71st session GA
02/02/2017 A/RES/71/186
Human rights and extreme poverty
70th session GA22/12/2015 A/RES/70/218Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017)
69th session GA 06/02/2015 A/RES/69/183 Human rights and extreme poverty
​19/12/2014
A/RES/69/234​Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017)
68th session GA21/12/2013 A/RES/68/226Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017)
67th session GA13/03/2013 A/RES/67/164 Human rights and extreme poverty
21/12/2012
​A/RES/67/224​Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017)
66th session GA22/12/2011 A/RES/65/215Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017)
65th session GA25/03/2011 A/RES/65/214
Human rights and extreme poverty
64th session GA23/03/2010 A/RES/64/216Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008–2017)
63rd session GA26/03/2009 A/RES/63/175Human rights and extreme poverty
61st session GA19/12/2006 A/RES/61/157Human rights and extreme poverty
59th session GA
10/03/2005 A/RES/59/186
Human rights and extreme poverty

Resolutions of the Human Rights Council


Session

Date

Symbol number

Title

44th session HRC
16/07/2020
A/HRC/RES/44/13Extreme poverty and human rights
35th session HRC
11/07/2017
A/HRC/RES/35/19Extreme poverty and human rights
26th session HRC
17/07/2014 A/HRC/RES/26/3Extreme poverty and human rights
21st session HRC18/10/2012 A/HRC/RES/21/11Guiding principles on extreme poverty and human rights
17th session HRC14/07/2011 A/HRC/RES/17/13Extreme poverty and human rights
15th session HRC06/10/2010 A/HRC/RES/15/19Draft guiding principles on extreme poverty and human rights
12th session HRC
12/10/2009 A/HRC/RES/12/19The Sub-Commission's Draft Guiding Principles on extreme poverty and human rights
8th session HRC18/06/2008 A/HRC/RES/8/11Human rights and extreme poverty
6th session HRC28/09/2007 A/HRC/RES/6/13The Social Forum
2nd session HRC
09/01/2007 A/HRC/RES/2/2
Human rights and extreme poverty

Resolutions of the Commission on Human Rights on extreme poverty


Session

Date

Symbol number

Title

61st session CHR
15/04/2005
E/CN.4/RES/2005/16Human rights and extreme poverty
60th session CHR16/04/2004
E/CN.4/RES/2004/23Human rights and extreme poverty
59th session CHR22/04/2003
E/CN.4/RES/2003/24
Human rights and extreme poverty
58th session CHR22/04/2002
E/CN.4/RES/2002/30
Human rights and extreme poverty
57th session CHR
20/04/2001
E/CN.4/RES/2000/12Human rights and extreme poverty