UN Poverty Expert Alston to Present Three Reports to UN Human Rights Council

CHRGJ Faculty Director & Co-Chair and UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston will present three reports to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday, June 21, 2018. His presentation, which will occur between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. GMT+2, can be watched live here. (Update: The Special Rapporteur’s presentation has been rescheduled for 12:00 p.m. GMT+2 / 6:00 a.m. on Friday, June 22).

The Special Rapporteur will present two country reports on his recent missions to the United States and Ghana as well as a thematic report on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and social protection to the Council.

Read the related press releases for an overview of the reports:

In addition to the formal presentation to the Human Rights Council, three side events have been organized to allow for continued discussion and debate on the US and IMF reports. See below for details.

Poverty in the United States and the Exacerbation of Inequality in the Age of Trump
Thursday, June 21, 2018
5:00-6:00 p.m. GMT+2 / 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EDT

Room XXV
Palais des Nations
Gevena, Switzerland

The American Civil Liberties Union and the US Human Rights Network are sponsoring a side event in Geneva that will discuss the criminalization of poverty; the ways in which persistent racial, ethnic and gender discrimination contribute to poverty; the lack of basic social protections for the poorest Americans, including American Indians living on reservations and Puerto Ricans; and environmental pollution in poor rural communities.


Moderator: Jennifer Turner, Principal Human Rights Researcher, ACLU Human Rights Program

Social Protection and Austerity: The Role for the IMF and Human Rights
Friday, June 22, 2018
1:00-2:30 p.m. GMT+2 / 7:00-8:30 a.m. EDT

Palais des Nations
Gevena, Switzerland

The Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, and CESR, ATD Fourth World and the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights will present a panel on “Social Protection and Austerity: The Role for the IMF and Human Rights” at the 38th session of the Human Rights Council (June 18th-July 6th, 2018) in Geneva. This panel will address those critical questions about austerity and social protection, as well as the role of the IMF, UN actors, human rights mechanisms and civil society in promoting the right to social protection.  Panelists:

Moderator: Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

Poverty and Inequality in America under Trump: Human Rights under Threat
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
3:00-4:30 p.m. GMT+2 / 9:00-10:30 a.m. EDT

Auditorium Ivan Pictet
Maison de la paix
Geneva, Switzerland

The Special Rapporteur, in partnership with the Graduate Institute Geneva and the Guardian, will host a panel discussion about his report in Geneva with leaders in the field of human rights and anti-poverty work in the United States.


Moderator: Ed Pilkington, Chief Report, the Guardian US

This event will be livestreamed on the websites of the Graduate Institute and the Guardian.


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