- 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
- Combating Poverty and Inequality
- Financing for Development
- Food Security
- Green Economy and Sustainable Development
- Knowledge and Ideas; Research in the UN System
- Precarious Employment and Basic Income
- Social and Solidarity Economy
- Social Policy
- Social Protection and Social Security
- Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health—Introduction (30 Mar 2017)
Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health: Realizing Health and Human Rights, an Official Side Event of the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council, was organized by UNRISD for socialprotection-humanrights.org, in collaboration with the Sexual Rights Initiative.
- Global Trends in Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (30 Mar 2017)
In this video, Meghan Doherty discusses current global trends in safeguarding and advancing sexual and reproductive health rights. Megan is Global Policy and Advocacy Officer at Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, and her presentation took place at Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health: Realizing Health and Human Rights, an Official Side Event of the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council organized by UNRISD and the Sexual Rights Initiative.
- Protecting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights during Conflict (30 Mar 2017)
In this video, Paola Daher explains how sexual and reproductive health and rights can be protected in conflict situations. She also analyses the effects of international policy changes curtailing funding for abortion. Paola is Global Advocacy Advisor at the Center for Reproductive Rights, and her presentation took place at Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health: Realizing Health and Human Rights, an Official Side Event of the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council organized by UNRISD and the Sexual Rights Initiative.
- Adolescents' Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Kenya (31 Mar 2017)
In this video, Agnes Odhiambo presents the policy and practices related to adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health and rights in Kenya. Agnes is Senior Women’s Rights Researcher at Human Rights Watch in Nairobi, and her presentation took place at Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health: Realizing Health and Human Rights, an Official Side Event of the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council organized by UNRISD and the Sexual Rights Initiative.
- Fast-tracking Social Protection to End AIDS (30 Mar 2017)
In this video, David Chipanta discusses social protection in the context of sexual and reproductive health and rights. His presentation touches on the rights of key groups such as trans men and women, prisoners, sex workers and people who use intravenous drugs. David is Senior Social Protection Advisor at UNAIDS, and his presentation took place at Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health: Realizing Health and Human Rights, an Official Side Event of the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council organized by UNRISD and the Sexual Rights Initiative.
- Environmental Dimensions of Family Planning (30 Mar 2017)
Urbanization, migration and displacement, climate change and development are all inextricably linked. In this video, Elizabeth Maclean analyses how sexual and reproductive health and rights can be integrated with environmental justice as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Elizabeth is Research Coordinator at the International Center for Migration, Health and Development, and her presentation took place at Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health: Realizing Health and Human Rights, an Official Side Event of the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council organized by UNRISD and the Sexual Rights Initiative.
- "Just building toilets is not enough": The need for an integrated approach to WASH and Human Rights (21 Jul 2016)
How do the rights to water and sanitation, gender and social protection fit together? PB Anand from the Centre for International Development at the University of Bradford explains how an integrated approach to providing access to WASH is essential for socially sustainable human development.
- Overcoming Exclusion, Promoting Rights: Challenges and Opportunities in Social Protection (10 Dec 2015)
In this video, Katja Hujo (UNRISD) and Isabel Ortiz (International Labour Organization) introduce Overcoming Exclusion and Promoting Rights: Challenges and Opportunities in Social Protection, an official side event of the 30th Human Rights Council. This is the first in a series of eight short videos of the side event.
- The Economic, Cultural and Social Dimensions of Social Protection (10 Dec 2015)
How do economic, cultural and social rights fit in with social protection? How can duty-bearers make sure that these rights are guaranteed for all, especially those excluded from the labour market? In this video, Christian Courtis from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) discusses the state’s responsibility in guaranteeing these rights for all.
- Social Protection for Food Security and Rural Poverty Reduction (10 Dec 2015)
How can human rights be used to reduce rural poverty? How can subsistence farmers and workers, indigenous groups and people in rural areas be guaranteed the right to food security? In this video, Maya Takagi from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) discusses the organization’s approach to ensuring that social protection systems meet the needs of rural and vulnerable groups.
- Social Protection and Care in the SDGs (10 Dec 2015)
Care and social protection are both explicitly mentioned in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, the Goals fall short of addressing how gendered power relations can be an impediment to women being able to fully enjoy their human rights. Valeria Esquivel from UNRISD discusses how social protection can contribute to gender equality under the new sustainable development agenda.
- Social Protection for LGBT People: Challenges and Good Practices (10 Dec 2015)
How does social protection address the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people? How can a rights-based approach be used to ensure that their needs are fully taken into account? In this video, Andrés Scagliola from the Social Development Department of the City of Montevideo discusses challenges and successes in mobilizing human rights instruments to provide social protection that is inclusive of LGBT rights holders.
- Social Protection for Persons with Disabilities (10 Dec 2015)
Persons with disabilities have faced exclusion, preventing them from fully enjoying their right to social protection under the previous welfarist model. In this video, Facundo Chavez Penillas from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) discusses states' obligation to ensure that social protection systems are fully inclusive of persons with disabilities.
- Realizing the Right to Social Protection: The Role of ILO Social Security Standards (10 Dec 2015)
How have the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) social security standards contributed to creating rights-based social protection systems? How does human rights and social protection law turn into substantive, country-level implementation? The ILO's Christina Behrendt explains how the organization's collaborative approach to reducing inequality and preventing poverty and helping states develop their own capacities contributes to universal social protection.
- Civil Society and Women’s Right to Social Protection (10 Dec 2015)
How do conflict, disaster and employment all tie into social protection for women? In this video, Priti Darooka from the Programme on Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights discusses the need for intersectional analysis when talking about universal, rights-based social protection.
- Social Protection and Human Rights Platform Launch (9 Jul 2015)
Magdalena Sepúlveda presents the platform, which provides resources on how to better align social protection policies and human rights.
- A Model for Social Protection in Africa? (5 Sep 2014)
In this UNRISD Seminar Tom Lavers discussed the implications of Ethiopia's Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP), which is part of a governmental strategy to combat chronic food insecurity in the country. Active since 2006, today the plan affects the lives of 7.6 million people in rural areas.
- The Human Rights Approach to Social Protection (21 Aug 2013)
Magdalena Sepúlveda discusses the human rights framework for social protection. The rapid manner in which social protection has gained predominance and political support in the context of the development and poverty reduction discourse over the past few years is almost without precedent. The current political momentum around social protection provides a unique opportunity to reinvigorate the development agenda. At the same time, despite some landmark developments such as ILO Recommendation No. 202 on Social Protection Floors, there remains a pressing need to further examine the human rights implications and outcomes of social protection systems.
- Food Security and Social Protection: Two Sides of the Same Coin? (5 Jun 2013)
Stephen Devereux, IDS, presents the evidence on whether social and productive safety net programmes and policies are successfully reducing food and nutrition insecurity during UNRISD Seminar Series event: Food Security and Social Protection: Two Sides of the Same Coin? Food security was a dominant topic in the development discourse in the 1980s and 1990s, but it fell out of favour in the 2000s when social protection rose rapidly to prominence. Superficially, the two agendas seem to complement each other: food insecurity describes an inability to secure subsistence needs, and the mandate of social protection is to ensure that subsistence needs are met by public means whenever private means are inadequate. But how well is this mandate being fulfilled?
- Wages, Inequality and Development: Time to Turn the Wheel? (4 Jun 2013)
Sangheon Lee, ILO, talks about the global implications of income inequality growth during UNRISD Seminar Series event: Wages, Inequality and Development: Time to Turn the Wheel? Dr. Lee challenges conventional wisdom that holds that economic growth will reduce poverty and inequality. He does this by examining recent changes in labour income and their impact, both social and economic. He argues that economic growth cannot, by itself, reduce inequality, and calls for better integration of labour market and social protection policies. This is important because growing inequality is not just a social issue, it also harms the economy.
- Human Rights, Social Security and Development: Strengthening the links (5 Sep 2012)
"National governments cannot exempt themselves by always pointing their fingers to someone out there, they have a primary duty in country for their citizens" - Jerald Joseph, Executive Director, Dignity International.
This video is based on interview footage from the joint UNRISD and FORUM-ASIA event, The Role of Social Security in Realizing Human Rights: Special Panel Discussion, held in Thailand, September 2012. In this video, participants give their perspectives on the barriers preventing the realization of human rights and suggest ways these can be overcome. This video features, in order of appearance: Francine Mestrum (Researcher and Activist), Armando De Negri Filho, (World Social Forum for Health and Social Security Executive Committee), Sabyte Paguio (Lead Facilitator, Network for Transformative Social Protection), Jerald Joseph (Executive Director, Dignity International) and Yap Swee Seng (Executive Director, FORUM-ASIA).
- Perspectives on the concepts of Social Security and Human Rights (5 Sep 2012)
Is social security just about providing a minimum level of protection for the most vulnerable, or is it about creating universal systems of quality services that can support society as a whole? This video features differing perspectives on the contested concepts of social security and human rights.
This video is based on footage from the joint UNRISD and FORUM-ASIA event, The Role of Social Security in Realizing Human Rights: Special Panel Discussion, held in Thailand, September 2012. Featuring (in order of appearance): Ilcheong Yi (Research Coordinator, UNRISD), Santosh Mehrotra (Director-General, Institute of Applied Manpower Research, Planning Commission, Government of India), Rebecca Brown (Deputy Director, ESCR-Net), Armando De Negri Filho (World Social Forum for Health and Social Security Executive Committee) and Maina Kiai (UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association/ Executive Director, InformAction).
Unfortunately there were technical difficulties with the recording of the audio at this event. This has affected the quality of the sound for some of the participants. However, as interesting ideas and lessons were shared during this panel discussion, we decided to make the video and an audio recording available.
- G20 Development Forum Debate: Social Protection and Economic Development (9 Dec 2010)
UNRISD Director Sarah Cook participated in the Seoul Development Debate aired on KBS 1 television channel on 9 November.
- UNRISD Seminar Series