Poverty and Human Rights
This report is a preliminary effort by the IACHR to examine the issue of poverty from a human rights angle. From that perspective, people who live in poverty are no longer considered “recipients of charity” and are treated as rights holders instead.
DIFFERENTIATED IMPACT OF POVERTY
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POVERTY AND THE 2030 AGENDA
Human dignity is the overriding principle of the Sustainable Development Goals, along with respect for human rights and the rule of law, justice, equality and non-discrimination in all its forms.
Initiatives to end poverty must go hand in hand with strategies that promote economic growth and address social needs including education, healthcare, social protection and job opportunities, while they combat climate change and promote environmental protection.
The Special Rapporteurship on Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Rights (ESCER) remains committed to cooperating with states in the Americas, to help them draft and implement public policies with a focus on human rights that ensure people who live in poverty can lead dignified lives and that achieve a complete though gradual eradication of poverty in the hemisphere. Find out more about this Special Rapporteurship’s work here.