Poverty and Human Rights — A Challenge for Us All


  • DATE / TIME:
    2013•05•21    16:00 - 18:00

    UNU Seminar: “Poverty and Human Rights — A Challenge for Us All”

    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 — co-organized by the United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP), the Center for Human Rights Education and Training and the Japan Association for United Nations Studies — 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.

    Keynote Speaker

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


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

    This seminar is free, but advance registration (by 20 May) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration form.

    For more details and an updated event programme, please visit the UNU-ISP website.


    Elizabeth Rose Hall (5F)
    United Nations University
    5-53-70 Jingumae
    Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925