Making Human Rights Work for People Living in Extreme Poverty: A Handbook for implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights will be launched and introduced Monday, 21 September 2015 at 18:00 at the UN in Geneva. The handbook will be available in 3 languages (French, English and Spanish).
The event will also feature a preview of the short film “Extreme Poverty: Standing up for Rights,” produced to accompany the Handbook, illustrating what it looks like for vulnerable communities to claim their rights.
On September 27, the UN will vote to adopt the new sustainable development goals, the first of which is to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere” – this handbook provides a tool for reaching this goal through a rights-based approach.
At the source of this publication are two NGOs: Franciscans International and ATD Fourth World, who believed that the UN’s Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights needed translation into concrete and accessible suggestions for those working in the field.
Janet Nelson has been a member of ATD Fourth World’s international Board of Directors since 2006. She took on the role of Vice President in January 2015. As ATD representative at the United Nations in Geneva, she continues to promote the Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights (adopted in 2012) as a viable tool for making human rights work for everyone.
At the Human Rights Council, one of her main priorities was the drafting, and advocating the adoption of, the Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights. This long-term project saw Janet working in consultation with ATD Fourth World members from Poland, Bolivia, France, Belgium, Peru, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Thailand, Senegal, Cameroon, Switzerland, and Madagascar. ATD activists with an experience of poverty combined their knowledge with members from other organizations, as well as UN experts to shape the text of these Guiding Principles.
Watch this video portrait of Janet Nelson, ATD’s representative at the UN in Geneva, and discover her convictions and work on the Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights