UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

Philip Alston served as UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights from June 2014 to April 2020. The Special Rapporteur is an independent expert appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor, advise, and report on how government policies are realizing the rights of people in poverty around the world.


During his mandate, Professor Alston carried out 11 official country visits and authored 12 thematic reports to the UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council. His thematic and country reports are available below. He also issued a large body of press releases and communications to states and other actors.
Country Visits
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Thematic Areas

Since he was appointed in June 2014, Professor Alston has stressed the importance of relying on a human rights based approach when confronting extreme poverty. The Special Rapporteur has generated the following reports:




For a more complete archive of news and documents relating to Professor Alston’s period as mandate holder, visit the Center’s searchable Document Center and News Archive.

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Press Coverage
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Press Releases
July 5, 2020
Philip Alston Condemns Failed Global Poverty Eradication Efforts
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Reports and Briefing Papers
July 2, 2020
The Parlous State of Poverty Eradication
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Reports and Briefing Papers
October 16, 2019
UN Special Rapporteur Report on the Digitization of Welfare States
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Related Pages

Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Project
Digital Welfare State and Human Rights Project
Initiative on Inequality, the Global Economy, and Human Rights

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