Human Rights and Poverty: Where do we go from here?

The COVID-19 pandemic has reversed decades of progress on poverty. Over 200 million people run the risk of falling into poverty and 71 million are at risk of falling into extreme poverty. 500 million are at risk of losing their jobs without any form of social security.

Urgent and decisive action needs to be taken to address economic inequality, status inequality, and inequality of satisfaction.


In order to help deepen the understanding of the links between inequality and poverty, and to investigate the way forward, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute recently hosted a webinar on the topic of poverty and human right with several experts, including the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.

Topics covered were, amongst others: human rights and social protection; political will; the integration of a human rights based approach into economic analysis, policies and planning, as well as examples from the global south and the global north – all against a background of the current COVID-19 crisis.


• Professor Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights
• Professor Martha F. Davis, Associate Professor at the RWI                                                                                  • Professor Jihen Chandoul, Co-Founder of the Tunisian Observatory of Economy
• Sabina Lauber, Human Rights adviser, OHCHR, Malawi
• Amira Malik Miller, former Development and Sustainability Advisor for the city of Stockholm

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