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Fédération Internationale des liguues des Droits de l’Homme (FIDH)

Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Press Release - UN Human Rights Council Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights As the eight session of the UN Human Rights Council came to an end yesterday, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) applauded the adoption of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, a text that will enable, after its adoption by the General Assembly and its ratification by member States, a (...) read

date of on-line publication : 25 June 2008

Transnational Institute (TNI)

United Nations and Transnational Corporations: a deadly association

The United Nations is failing in its duty to control the abuses of transnational economic power, argues Alejandro Teitelbaum. The recent report by John Ruggie, special representative of the UN Secretary-General on business and human rights, represents a setback in attempts to establish international control over the activities of transnational corporations. I. The United Nations Organisation (UN) was created in order to keep the peace and defend human rights and dignity. Some important (...) read

date of on-line publication : 23 April 2007

UN Conference on Environment and Development : Earth Summit of Rio de Janeiro,

« Agenda 21 addresses the pressing problems of today and also aims at preparing the world for the challenges of the next century. It reflects a global consensus and political commitment at the highest level on development and environment cooperation. Its successful implementation is first and foremost the responsibility of Governments. National strategies, plans, policies and processes are crucial in achieving this. International cooperation should support and supplement such national (...) read

date of on-line publication : 5 February 2007


Review of the First United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty: 1997-2006

> United Nations, December 2005 (...)

In December 1995, the General Assembly proclaimed the First United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (1997-2006). In December 1996, the General Assembly declared the theme for the Decade as a whole to be "Eradicating poverty is an ethical, social, political and economic imperative of humankind."
This report by the UN Secretary General looks at the last ten years of worldwide efforts to reduce poverty. Although poverty has decreased in Asia, the UN observed little progress in Latin America and especially Africa. These regions suffer from wide income inequality preventing economic growth from translating into reduced poverty.  read

date of on-line publication : 20 June 2006

BÄR Rosmarie

Water needs the protection of international law

> 2005, Social Watch (Report by Alliance Sud) (...)

With facts like "80% of all diseases in developing countries can be traced back to the use of polluted water", the need for an equitable supply of safe water is great. This article outlines the arguments for an international convention within the UN framework binding the right to water and protecting it as a public good. The article discusses the policy failures surrounding the battle for access to water to be safeguarded, looks at some of the existing UN documents which state the need for access to clean drinking water, particularly within a human rights context and the shift from a "public good" to an "economic good". Finally it presents the need for a holistic approach to safeguarding water supply.

  • The full report, which goes into further details, can be found in pdf format at the Alliance Sud website here. This report is also available in French and Spanish.

date of on-line publication : 8 November 2005

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