Universal Basic Income and the Future of Human Rights – Human Rights Council Side Event

June 8, 2017, 10:30am - 12:00pm

 

On Thursday, June 8, Professor Philip Alston, CHRGJ’s Faculty Director & Co-Chair and the UN’s Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, will host a side event at the Human Rights Council on basic income and human rights.

The event will explore the potential for basic income to mitigate global economic insecurity. The panelists include two co-founders of the Basic Income Earth Network—Professor Philippe van Parijs (University of Louvain, Hoover Chair of Economic and Social Ethics) and Guy Standing (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)—in addition to Isabelle Doresse (People’s Universities in Northern Pas de Calais, ATD Fourth World) and Alex Praça (Human and Trade Union Rights Officer of the International Trade Union Confederation).

The panel will discuss a report prepared by Alston and submitted to the UN’s Human Rights Council. Alston’s report addresses the concern that “the human rights movement needs to address and respond to the fundamental changes that are taking place in economic and social structures at the national and global levels,” including precarious employment, automation, increasing inequality, and the obsolescence of traditional forms of labor market regulation.

Philip Alston’s full report is available in the UN’s document repository.

Watch a live stream of the event below, from 10:30am-12:00pm EDT (4:30-6:30pm CEST) on Thursday, June 8, 2017.