Prof. Philip Alston Reports on the Right to Social Protection to the UN General Assembly
October 24, 2014

On Friday, Professor Philip Alston, CHRGJ Faculty Director and Co-Chair, and UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, urged Governments around the world to embrace the United Nations Social Protection Floor Initiative to ensure guaranteed basic income security and access to essential social services for all. “The Global North has often been accused of imposing human rights norms on the Global South, but Social Protection Floors will not run that risk because their origins lie in path-breaking initiatives by Southern countries like Brazil and India,” said Professor Alston during the presentation of his report on the Initiative to the UN General Assembly. “Regrettably, the World Bank, a distinctly ‘Northern’ institution, has not backed this Initiative in a serious way, and this is consistent with its refusal to engage meaningfully with human rights in other contexts as well,” Alston said. In his statement to the UN General Assembly, Professor Alston also drew attention to what he termed the systematic avoidance of human rights language in the discussions on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and in other key development forums.

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