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About the mandate

About extreme poverty and human rights

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 GA 22/12/2015 A/RES/70/218 Second 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 GA 21/12/2013 A/RES/68/226 Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017)
67th session GA 13/03/2013 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 GA 22/12/2011 A/RES/65/215 Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017)
65th session GA 25/03/2011 A/RES/65/214 Human rights and extreme poverty
64th session GA 23/03/2010 A/RES/64/216 Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008–2017)
63rd session GA 26/03/2009 A/RES/63/175 Human rights and extreme poverty
61st session GA 19/12/2006 A/RES/61/157 Human 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/44/13 Extreme poverty and human rights
35th session HRC 11/07/2017 A/HRC/RES/35/19 Extreme poverty and human rights
26th session HRC 17/07/2014 A/HRC/RES/26/3 Extreme poverty and human rights
21st session HRC 18/10/2012 A/HRC/RES/21/11 Guiding principles on extreme poverty and human rights
17th session HRC 14/07/2011 A/HRC/RES/17/13 Extreme poverty and human rights
15th session HRC 06/10/2010 A/HRC/RES/15/19 Draft guiding principles on extreme poverty and human rights
12th session HRC 12/10/2009 A/HRC/RES/12/19 The Sub-Commission's Draft Guiding Principles on extreme poverty and human rights
8th session HRC 18/06/2008 A/HRC/RES/8/11 Human rights and extreme poverty
6th session HRC 28/09/2007 A/HRC/RES/6/13 The 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/2005/16 Human rights and extreme poverty
60th session CHR 16/04/2004 E/CN.4/RES/2004/23 Human rights and extreme poverty
59th session CHR 22/04/2003 E/CN.4/RES/2003/24 Human rights and extreme poverty
58th session CHR 22/04/2002 E/CN.4/RES/2002/30 Human rights and extreme poverty
57th session CHR 20/04/2001 E/CN.4/RES/2000/12 Human rights and extreme poverty