UN Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights to Leave No One Behind

HR conference in Newry

Responding to the invitation of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Designate and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Diana Skelton, Deputy General Director of ATD International, was a guest speaker at the Conference “A Human Rights Approach to Tackling Poverty and Social Inequality – An All Island Perspective”.

She presented the United Nations Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.

“Adopted in September 2012 by the UN Human Rights Council, the Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty provide for the first time, global policy guidelines. These focus specifically on the human rights of people living in poverty”, said Diana Skelton. “These Guidelines are a new tool for pratical implemention to the call for action given for the October 17 Day by Joseph Wresinski: ‘Wherever men and women are condemned to live in poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty. ‘”.

All presentations from the Conference in Newry are available on the IHREC website.

Diana Skelton’s paper presented at the Newry Conference