The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights is appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate and report on the relationship between human rights and poverty.

Each year, the Special Rapporteur:

  • Conducts two official country visits.
  • Submits one thematic report to the Human Rights Council in June and another to the General Assembly in October.
  • Issues communications to State Governments in response to information received from civil society on urgent and/or particularly important issues that might exacerbate conditions of poverty or threaten the human rights of those living in poverty.
  • Contributes to public debate, agenda-setting and policy-making on issues related to extreme poverty and human rights.

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