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Conference on Poverty and Inequality in Societies of Human Rights, the paradox of democracies, in Strasbourg, France

[01/03/2013] A conference entitled "Poverty and Inequality in Societies of Human Rights, the paradox of democracies", organised by the Council of Europe in partnership with the European Commission, was held in Strasbourg from 21 to 22 February 2013. Mr Luis Jimena Quesada, President of the European Committee of Social Rights participated in this conference.

On the occasion of this conference, Mr. Quesada met with Magdalena Sepúlveda, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty, and discussed, inter alia, the Guiding Principles on extreme poverty and human rights. The Principles respond to the significant social, cultural, economic and structural obstacles that people living in poverty face, which prevent them from enjoying their rights.

In 2009 the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Magdalena Sepúlveda, was invited by the Human Rights Council through resolution 12/19 to pursue further work on the draft guiding principles on extreme poverty and human rights, which had been initiated by the former Human Rights Commission in 2001. Following numerous consultations and a subsequent progress report outlining her recommendations for improving the text, the Special Rapporteur submitted a final draft of the revised guiding principles to the Council at its 21st session in September 2011 ((A/HRC/21/39: E F S A C R). The Human Rights Council adopted the draft submitted by the Special Rapporteur without any modification and the text became the  Guiding Principles on extreme poverty and human rights, adopted by consensus in resolution 21/11 (A/HRC/21/11) on 27 September 2012.

Workshop "Approaching the future with a new perspective" with Prof. Luis Jimena Quesada

Prof. Quesada's speech (French only)

Programme   Conference website