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Seminar on Indicators of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Will Be Held at ECLAC

10 June 2013|News

In the presence of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Magdalena Sepúlveda, a seminar aimed at driving the regional debate on building a system of indicators for human rights to follow-up and assess social policy in Latin American and Caribbean countries will be held on 12 and 13 June 2013 in Santiago, Chile.

The International seminar on indicators for economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) and follow-up to social policies to overcome poverty and achieve equality is being organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and Chile's National Human Rights Institute (INDH).

The event will be opened on Wednesday 12 June at 9.00 a.m. at the Commission's headquarters in the Chilean capital by Martín Hopenhayn, Director of the ECLAC Social Development Division, and Lorena Fries, Director of INDH. Also in attendance will be officials from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico and Uruguay.

Other participants will include international experts such as Evelyn Jacir, Director of the Department of Social Development and Employment of the Organization of American States (OAS), Humberto Henderson, Deputy Representative of the Regional Office for South America of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and Laura Pautassi, independent expert on the Working Group to Examine the National Reports Envisioned in the Protocol of San Salvador.

On 4 June 2012, OAS approved a resolution in which States Parties to the Protocol of San Salvador (in force since 1999) undertook to submit national progress reports on the application of economic, social and cultural rights by using indicators on social security, health and education.

The countries to have ratified the Protocol of San Salvador to date are Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. Brazil, Colombia, Honduras and Suriname have acceded to the Protocol.

The preliminary agenda for the meeting is available at the following link.

The media are invited to attend the meeting.

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