Economic Inequality, Financial Crises and Human Rights

Economic Inequality, Financial Crises and Human Rights

MEETING: Official side event of the 31st session of the Human Rights Council

9 March 2016 | Geneva, Switzerland

The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the International Labour Office (ILO), Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), and the UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, would like to cordially invite you to an  event on economic inequality, financial crisis and human rights.

This event will bring together experts to discuss the impacts of inequality in the current economic climate. Topics will include economic inequality from a human rights perspective, the role that austerity measures play in fuelling inequalities that negatively impact social protection, how economic inequality relates to other types of inequality and what needs to  be done to create more just societies.

The Independent Expert’s recent report to the Human Rights Council on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of human rights will form the basis for this discussion.

This meeting is an official side event of the 31st session of the Human Rights Council.


  • Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, UN Independent Expert On Foreign Debt and Human Rights
  • Isabel Ortiz, Director, Social Protection Department, ILO
  • Mark Herkenrath, Director, Alliance Sud
  • Richard Wilkinson, Co-Founder, The Equality Trust (via Skype)
  • Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam (tbc)
  • Ambassador Regina Maria Cordeiro Dunlop, Permanent Mission of Brazil

Welcome remarks by Hannah Peters, Human Rights and Development Program Officer, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (Geneva Office)
Closing remarks by Stefania Tripodi, Human Rights Officer, OHCHR


Katja Hujo, Senior Research Coordinator, UNRISD

The concept note and agenda will be made available on the partners’ websites. This event is open to the public. 



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