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Who Counts? Poverty, Human Rights and Contentious Metrics

The event is part of Oslo Peace Days 2020, in which this webinar will focus on the enduring challenges of global poverty and its relationship to human rights, including the collective experience of former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty, Philip Alston, politicians, activists and academics.

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Current challenges for poverty eradication, the role of human rights and, in relation, whether the current World Bank defined international poverty line contributes to perpetuating global divisions. Photo illustration: Wikipedia Commons

Register to attend 

You will receive the Zoom link some hours before the event. 

Global level of poverty declining?

Issues to be discussed concern whether the global level of poverty is declining, and how we may know this through measurements sometimes identified as part of the problem.

How can human rights approaches contribute in creating more effective responses to combating poverty and inequality? In addition, how is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting poverty levels.

With such complicated and inter-related challenges a diverse panel therefore brings together politicians, academics and civil society, with keynote address of Prof. Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty until April 2020. 

Panel participants

  • Philip G. Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and former UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.
  • Dag-Inge Ulstein, Minister of International Development at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Morten Jerven, Professor in Development Studies at the Norwegian University of Social Sciences and Visiting Professor in Economic History at Lund University.
  • Liv Tørres, Director of the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, hosted by the Center on International Cooperation at New York University.

The event will be hosted by Professor Peris Sean Jones, co-coordinator for the Human Rights and Sustainable Development Research Group, Faculty of Law, UiO. The webinar will be held in English.


Related issues: Digital, technology, social protection and human rights, report issued by Philip Alston when he was Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.

Tags: Poverty, Human Rights and Sustainable Development
Published Nov. 24, 2020 12:34 PM - Last modified Dec. 7, 2020 9:33 AM