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Seminar on Poverty and Human Rights — A Challenge for Us All

Overview

Date: Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Time: 16:00-18:00

Location: Elizabeth Rose Hall, UNU Headquarters  Map »

Organizers: UNU-ISP, the Center for Human Rights Education and Training and the Japan Association for United Nations Studies

Languages: English (No interpretation will be provided.)

Contact: Futamura Madoka, UNU-ISP: futamura@unu.edu

UNU-ISP, together with the Center for Human Rights Education and Training and the Japan Association for United Nations Studies, is organizing a seminar on “Poverty and Human Rights — A Challenge for Us All” on Tuesday, 21 May 2013, at 16:00-18:00. The keynote speaker is Dr. Donald Lye Poh Lee, Chair of the International Committee for October 17, which is the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

The issue of extreme poverty is one of the most urgent matters that should be addressed by UN bodies and agencies as well as UN Member States and civil society organizations. The final draft of the Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, which was prepared and submitted last year by the Special Rapporteur appointed by the UN Human Rights Council, stresses that “eradicating extreme poverty is not only a moral duty but also a legal obligation under existing international human rights law".

This seminar will give special focus to the human rights dimension of the extreme poverty under which tens of millions of people are forced to live. The keynote address by Dr. Donald Lye Poh Lee, will be followed by short comments from Professor Sukehiro Hasegawa and Ms. Kazuko Ito.

This seminar is free, but advance registration (by 20 May) is required.

Registration

To register for this event, please click on the link below and complete the registration form by noon on 20 May, 2013.

Draft Programme

 

Moderator/MC

  • Dr. Madoka Futamura,
    Academic Programme Officer, UNU-ISP
16:00-16:05

Welcome Address

  • Dr. Vesselin Popovski
    Senior Academic Programme Officer, UNU-ISP
16:05-16:10

Introduction

  • Dr. Yozo Yokota
    President, Center for Human Rights Education and Training, President, Japan Association for United Nations Studies and Chairperson, ILO Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations
16:10-16:50

Keynote Address

  • “Poverty and Human Rights — A Challenge for Us All”
    Dr. Donald Lye Poh Lee
    Chair, International Committee for October 17 (UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty); Adjunct Representative to the United Nations, ATD Fourth World International; and Member, United Nations Speakers Bureau (New York)

 

16:50-17:20

Comments

  • Professor Sukehiro Hasegawa
    Professor, Hosei University; and Former Special Represetative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Timor-Leste
  • Ms. Kazuko Ito
    Attorney-at-law; and Secretary General, Human
    Rights Now
17:20-18:00

Discussion


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