Poverty, human rights and the SDGs event

Poverty, Human Rights & the SDGs: How to Address the Post-Pandemic Poverty Crisis

Following the Covid-19 pandemic, the world will face a crisis of poverty that has been severely aggravated over the past 15 months. Years of work eradicating extreme poverty has been brushed away on all continents.

Responding to this crisis will be agenda item number one for the global community in the coming years. Policymakers are already referring to the response as the New Social Contract, a new global deal, “build back better” and “build forward fairer”. Whatever the rhetorical frame, the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the International Human Rights system are key instruments.

This webinar will focus on the intersection between poverty, human rights and the SDGs.

How do these strong international frameworks impact people in poverty and marginalization? How does this play out in rural and urban living spaces? How does the climate and environmental crisis add to the complexity? Is this a bottom up or top down process and what is the role of social movements in coming years?

The panel will address these and other aspects of the post-pandemic challenge drawing on their rich knowledge and insights as well as their contributions to the newly published book, Research Handbook on Human Rights and Poverty, edited by Martha Davis, Morten Kjaerum and Amanda Lyons.

When: April 14 at 16.00-17.15 CET
Where: Zoom webinar  Sign Up 


Natalia Ángel-Cabo

Natalia Ángel-Cabo is a Professor of Law at Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). Chief editor of Latin American Law Review. Professor Ángel-Cabo has been Deputy Justice of the Colombian Constitutional Court, founder and former director of the Action Program for Equality and Social Inclusion – PAIIS, and consultant in various human rights projects. In 2017 she was nominated as a candidate for Magistrate of the Colombian Constitutional Court and currently serves the Court as Associate Justice.

Sumudu Atapattu

Sumudu Atapattu,LLM,PhD (Cambridge), Attorney-at-Law (Sri Lanka) is the Director of Research Centers and International Programs at the University of Wisconsin Law School and the Executive Director of the Human Rights Program.

She serves as the Lead Counsel for Human Rights at the Center for International Sustainable Development Law and is affiliated faculty at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Sweden. She has published extensively on environmental rights, climate change and human rights, and sustainable development.

Leilani Farha

Leilani Farha is the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing and Global Director of The Shift, an international movement to secure the right to housing. Leilani has helped develop global human rights standards on the right to housing, including through her reports on homelessness, the financialization of housing, and informal settlements. Leilani has worked to advance the right to housing around the world, including in Egypt, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Philippines, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, and Sweden.

Hans-Otto Sano

Hans-Otto Sano is Research Director at the Danish Institute for Human Rights. He has worked at the Institute for more than 20 years. He joined the World Bank for 2010-2013. Earlier, Dr. Sano worked in Denmark and Sweden and conducted research in several African countries.

His expertise is in human rights and development; he has written extensively on human rights indicators, human rights-based approaches, research methodology, social accountability and poverty.

Amanda Lyons

Amanda Lyons, JD, is the Executive Director at the Human Rights Center at the University of Minnesota Law School, where she teaches a course on Poverty and Human Rights.

Her research and advocacy work has focused on human rights and development, the human right to water and gender justice. Prior to joining the University she worked with human rights organizations in Brazil, Colombia, and the United States.

Martha F. Davis

Martha F. Davis is University Distinguished Professor of Law at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, where she is a faculty co-director of the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy.

Davis’s publications include Human Rights Advocacy in the United States (co-author) and Global Urban Justice: The Rise of Human Rights Cities (co-editor). She is co-editor of the Human Rights at Home Law Profs Blog and an affiliated scholar of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.

Morten Kjaerum

Morten Kjærum, moderator,  is Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Lund, Sweden and Adjunct Professor at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark. He was the first director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, and Executive Director at the Danish Institute for Human Rights.

He was member of the UN Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination from 2002-08. He is Chair of The Board of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) and Chairs the Board of Trustees for the UN Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation in the field of Human Rights appointed by the UN Secretary General. He has consistently written on human rights issues.


Part I: Poverty, Human Rights and the SDG’s

Introduction by Morten Kjaerum
Introduction to the book: ‘Poverty and Human Rights’, Routledge; Edited by Martha F.Davis, Amanda Lyons, Morten Kjaerum.

Expert speeches:

Hans-Otto Sano  – General reflections on the situation
Leilani Farha – On Housing and Cities
Sumudu Atapattu  – On Climate and Environment
Nathalia Angel-Cabo – On Social movements

Part II:  Discussion

Welcome to join the discussion.

We hope to see you there..!

About the book

Research Handbook on Human Rights and Poverty

The book is one of Edgar Routledge’s Research Handbooks in the Human Rights series:

It explores the nexus between human rights, poverty and inequality as a critical lens for understanding and addressing key challenges of the coming decades, including the objectives set out in the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Research Handbook starts from the premise that poverty is not solely an issue of minimum income. It explores the profound ways that deprivation and distributive inequality of power and capability relate to economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights.

The book was edited by Martha F. Davis, University Distinguished Professor, Northeastern University School of Law, US, Morten Kjaerum, Adjunct Professor, University of Aalborg, Denmark and Director of Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Lund, Sweden and Amanda Lyons, Executive Director and Lecturer in Law, Human Rights Center, University of Minnesota Law School, US

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