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Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: General information and resources
 

Speeches by the High Commissioner and the Deputy High Commissioner
Reports of the Secretary-General and the High Commissioner
  • Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to ECOSOC (E/2011/90). (This report focus on human rights indicators and economic, social and cultural rights)
    Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish
  • Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to ECOSOC (E/2010/89). (This report focus on the economic, social and cultural rights of migrants)
    Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish
  • Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to ECOSOC (E/2009/90). (This report presents the concepts of implementing and monitoring human rights with specific reference to economic, social and cultural rights.)
    Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish
  • Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to ECOSOC (E/2008/76)
    The present report, considers how the principles of equality between men and women and non-discrimination against women are paramount to the promotion and implementation of economic, social and cultural rights under international human
    rights law. By way of illustration, section III addresses the relevance of women’s economic, social and cultural rights in the context of post conflict reconstruction and democratization policies. Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish
  • Report of the Secretary-General on the question of the realization in all countries of economic, social and cultural rights (A/HRC/7/58) submitted to the Human Rights Council, seventh session, March 2008. (The report provides an overview of activities of the UN human rights mechanisms and the OHCHR in the area of ESCR). Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish
  • Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the scope and content of the relevant human rights obligations related to equitable access to safe drinking water and sanitation under international human rights instruments (A/HRC/6/3) - Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish
  • Report of the High Commissioner to the 2007 substantive session of ECOSOC (E/2007/82) (dedicated to the issue of progressive realization of economic, social and cultural rights) Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish
  • Report of the Secretary-General on the question of the realization in all countries of economic, social and cultural rights (A/HRC/4/62) submitted to the Human Rights Council, fourth session, March 2007. (Apart from providing an overview of activities of the UN human rights mechanisms and the OHCHR in the area of ESCR, the report elaborates upon the realization of economic, social and cultural rights in conflict and post-conflict societies.) Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish
  • Report of the High Commissioner to the 60th session of the General Assembly (A/60/36(SUPP)) (focuses on the Plan of Action of the High Commissioner, including on planned activities related to economic, social and cultural rights) Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish
  • Report of the High Commissioner to the 2006 substantive session of ECOSOC (E/2006/86) (dedicated to the issue of legal protection of economic, social and cultural rights) Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish
  • OHCHR Plan of Action. Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish
  • OHCHR Strategic Management Plan 2006-2007. English
OHCHR Publications
  • OHCHR: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on ESCR, Fact Sheet No. 33. Arabic | English  | French | Russian | Spanish
  • OHCHR: The Right to health, Fact Sheet No. 31. English
  • OHCHR: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - Handbook for National Human Rights Institutions - Professional Training Series No. 12 ( New York and Geneva : United Nations, 2005), 148 pp. Arabic | Chinese | English
  • OHCHR: Chapter 17: Monitoring Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, in: Training Manual on Human Rights Monitoring - Professional Training Series No. 7 (New York and Geneva: United Nations, 2001) Chapter | Complete Manual | Other Languages (only online)
  • OHCHR , The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Rev.1) , Fact Sheet No. 16. Chinese l English l French l Russian l Spanish
  • OHCHR : The Human Right to Adequate Housing , Fact Sheet No. 21. English l French l Spanish
  • OHCHR: Forced Evictions and Human Rights , Fact Sheet, No. 25. Chinese l English l French l Spanish
  • OHCHR: Principles and Guidelines for a Human Rights approach to Poverty reduction strategies (2006). English (is being translated into other languages)
  • OHCHR: Human Rights and Poverty Reduction: A Conceptual Framework ( New York and Geneva : United Nations, 2004 ) English l French l Spanish
  • OHCHR/UNAIDS : International Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights - 2006 Consolidated Version, 114 pp. English
  • OHCHR/UNAIDS/WHO : HIV/AIDS: Stand Up for Human Rights (cartoon booklet) (2003), 20 pp. English | French
  • OHCHR/UN-HABITAT : Indigenous peoples' right to adequate housing - A global overview ( Nairobi , 2005), 219 pp. English
  • OHCHR/UN-HABITAT: Monitoring Housing Rights: Developing a Set of Indicators to Monitor the Full and Progressive Realisation of the Human Right to Adequate Housing , UNHRP Working Paper No. 1 ( Nairobi , 2003) 76 pp. English
  • OHCHR/UN-HABITAT : Housing Rights Legislation (2002) English
  • OHCHR/UNFPA: Application of Human Rights to Reproductive and Sexual Health , Recommendations from the Expert Group Meeting (2001), 7 pp. English l French l Spanish
  • OHCHR/WHO : The Right to Water (2003), 44 pp. English
  • OHCHR/FAO/IDMC/NRC/OCHA/UN-Habitat/UNHCR: Housing and Property Restitution for Refugees and Displaced Persons: Implementing the 'Pinheiro Principles' (2007), 112 p. English
UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Special procedures of the Human Rights Council
  • Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living (mandate established in 2000)
  • Special Rapporteur on the right to education (mandate established in 1998)
  • Special Rapporteur on the right to food (mandate established in 2000)
  • Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health (mandate established in 2002)
  • Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
Publications of other UN Specialized Agencies, Programmes and Funds
Tools
ESCR Bulletin

 

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