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Report on Looking back to look ahead: A rights-based approach to social protection in the post-COVID-19 economic recovery

Issued by

Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights


11 September 2020


Issued by Special Procedures


Economic inequality, COVID-19

Symbol Number

Response to HRC Res. 44/13


As the world faces the deepest economic recession since the 1929 Great Depression, social protection is again on the top of the international agenda, years after the adoption in 2012 of Recommendation No.202 on National Social Protection Floors within the International Labour Organization. As countries rush to issue cash transfers, unemployment benefits, and in-kind support for their citizens, the Special Rapporteur assesses the responses governments are providing, examines the global state of public services and human rights before the pandemic, and reflects on the challenges that lie ahead.




Inputs Received
Inputs Received

All public submissions received to the joint questionnaire on COVID-19 and human rights can be found at:

Submissions related only or mainly to the poverty mandate can be found below:

Civil Society Organizations
National Human Rights Institutions