HDRO Conference Room
9 March 2010
Time: 12.30- 2.00 p.m.
In response to the increasing movement towards a rights-based approach to development along with an emerging demand for rigorous monitoring of States in meeting their human rights obligations, the Economic & Social Rights Fulfillment Index has been developed through a multi-year consultative process to assess the performance of countries and sub-national units on their fulfillment of economic and social rights. The index captures both the State duty-bearers’ conduct as well as the individual right-bearers’ enjoyment of rights; incorporates the obligation to progressively realize rights subject to maximum available resources; and uses objective quantitative indicators published by intergovernmental bodies rather than subjective data. The ESR Index provides important new information compared with other ad hoc measures of economic and social rights fulfillment; however, further work remains to be done to incorporate some desired features such as the right to nondiscrimination.
About the Speaker
Sakiko Fukuda-Parr is Professor of International Affairs at the New School. She is a development economist working in the multidisciplinary framework of capabilities and human development, and currently works on human rights and poverty, conflict prevention, and global technology. From 1995 to 2004, she was lead author and director of the UNDP Human Development Reports. Her publications include: The Gene Revolution: GM Crops and Unequal Development; Readings in Human Development; Rethinking Technical Cooperation - Reforms for capacity building in Africa; Capacity for Development - Old Problems, New Solutions, and numerous publications on poverty, gender, human rights, technology. She founded and is co-editor of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, and is on the Editorial Board of Feminist Economics.
Terra Lawson-Remer is an Assistant Professor in International Affairs at the New School. Her research addresses economic development, human rights, natural resources, property rights, climate change, conflict, and the relationship between de jure and de facto institutions. She has worked as a dissertation researcher at the UN World Institute for Development Economics Research; as a Legal Fellow in the Business & Human Rights Program at Amnesty International USA; for the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights at the Ethical Globalization Initiative; as a Legal Fellow for the New York Civil Liberties Union; and as an organizer with other environmental and social justice organizations.
HDR 2010 seminar series
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