On 26 October, join seven Human Rights Representatives for a unique and dynamic online discussion on 26 October 2021 bringing together seven global and regional human rights experts to reflect on the crucial role of public services in building a more sustainable, inclusive, socially-just, and resilient economy and society.
This event builds on the very successful panel discussion held last year on privatisation and public services, which brought together seven current and former UN Special Rapporteurs and one former UN Independent Expert and which was attended by over 500 participants from across the world. This event seeks to continue and strengthen this momentum, focusing on public services as the key to a new way forward, particularly in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the climate emergency and the ecological crisis.
Participants will include:
- Philip Alston, former UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
- Koumbou Boly Barry, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education
- Solomon Ayele Dersso, Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
- Leilani Farha, former UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context
- Léo Heller, former UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation
- Aoife Nolan, Vice-President of the Council of Europe’s European Committee of Social Rights
- Magdalena Sepúlveda, former UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, and Executive Director of the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
The event will be moderated by Glenda Grace, Senior Vice Chancellor for Institutional Affairs, Strategic Advancement and Special Counsel.