Human rights and sustainable economic growth

June 30th, 2024

The FTC is co-sponsoring a high-level in-person side event at the 56th session of the UN Human Rights Council entitled “Human Rights Economies within Planetary Boundaries: How can human rights support sustainable development for all?”

Date: Tuesday, July 2 at 13:00 – 14:00 CET

Location: Room XXIV, Palais des Nations, Geneva

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As the world confronts intersecting crises, there is broad recognition that our current economic models and international financial architecture, are not delivering on human rights and are exacerbating inequality.

This side event will explore how human rights can support sustainable development for all. It will provide an opportunity for governments to reflect on their experience of using human rights to advocate for international financial architecture reforms and changes to economic policies necessary for the realisation of rights and sustainable development.

Human rights experts will explore how a holistic understanding of human rights that redresses historic blind spots and fully embraces all rights can offer a framework that bridges global divides.

Event civil society co-sponsors: Financial Transparency Coalition, Center for Economic and Social Rights, Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Human Rights Watch  and International Commission of Jurists.

State co-sponsors: Chile, the Gambia, Malaysia, Panama and Spain.


  • Opening remarks: Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Malaysia, H.E. Mrs. Dato’ Nadzirah Osman


  • Nadzirah Osman Olivier de Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
  • Surya Deva, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to development – by video message
  • Sarah Saadoun, Senior Researcher on poverty and inequality, Human Rights Watch
  • Todd Howland, Chief of the Development & Economic & Social Issues Branch, OHCHR

Refreshments will be provided before of the session.


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