CENTER FOR ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RIGHTS INC

aka Center for economic and social rights   |   New York, NY   |  www.cesr.org

Mission

The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) works
to promote social justice through human rights. In a world where poverty and
inequality deprive entire communities of dignity, justice and sometimes life,
we seek to uphold the universal right of every human being to education, food
and water, health, housing, work and social security, and other economic,
social and cultural rights essential to human dignity.

Ruling year info

1994

Principal Officer

Mr. Ignacio Saiz

Deputy Executive Director

Gaby Oré Aguilar

Main address

86 Chambers Street Suite 704

New York, NY 10007 USA

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EIN

13-3744727

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Law, International Law, and Jurisprudence (V26)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

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Our programs

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Defending Economic and Social Rights in Times of Crisis

To ensure that economic and social rights principles
inform responses to the global economic crisis and situations of transition.

Population(s) Served

To embed ESC rights accountability more firmly in
development processes.

Population(s) Served

To make effective use of new and existing mechanisms
for economic and social rights enforcement at the international level

Population(s) Served

To highlight and challenge common obstacles preventing
implementation of economic and social rights at the national level.

Population(s) Served

To enable human rights, development and social justice
advocates to address the challenges of monitoring economic and social rights more effectively

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Center for Economic and Social Rights' goals are (a) to promote human rights as effective guiding principles of socioeconomic and development policy-making, (b) to ensure greater accountability for economic and social rights at the international and national levels, and (c) to provide activists and practitioners working for human rights, development, and social justice with innovative tools for more effective monitoring and enforcement of these rights.

CESR exposes violations of economic and social rights through an interdisciplinary combination of legal and socioeconomic research and analysis. Together with civil society groups around the world, CESR advocates for changes to economic and social policy at the international, national, and local levels so as to ensure these comply with international human rights standards.

CESR works closely with other organizations and National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) to promote the mainstreaming of economic, social, and cultural rights in all economic and social policy-making. Together with these organizations and institutions, we advocate for greater accountability for economic, social, and cultural rights within states and internationally, including at the United Nations and regional human rights forums.

CESR also works to develop new and innovative methodologies for measuring and monitoring economic and social rights compliance, contributing to more effective accountability for economic and social rights. In response to the need for an overarching economic, social, and cultural rights framework, CESR developed a comprehensive four-step framework to analyze various aspects of the obligation to fulfill economic and social rights. Adopting the acronym OPERA, the framework incorporates different measures for specific human rights principles and standards, by framing them around four levels of analysis: Outcomes, Policy Efforts, Resources, and Assessments. The OPERA framework has been successfully implemented in Guatemala, Palestine, and New Zealand, among other regions.

CESR has made great progress in all of our program areas. In our human rights in economic policy program, CESR staff has made an impact in changing the way that governmental bodies view the connection between human rights and fiscal policy. At the request of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe (COE), CESR drafted an issue paper entitled “Safeguarding Human Rights in Times of Crisis", which guided all 47 COE member states and their national human rights institutions on how to protect human rights in contexts of austerity. The COE Commissioner for Human Rights has widely promoted the issue paper, calling for more effective regulation of the financial sector and greater international cooperation to combat tax evasion, as a resource-generating alternative to austerity.
Our human rights in development program has played a large role in ensuring that human rights language and values are incorporated into the United Nations post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition to our role in guaranteeing that human rights are deeply considered in the drafting of the SDGs, CESR has also contributed greatly to ensuring that proper accountably measures are put in place, in order to be certain that all states are contributing to the SDGs achieving their fullest potential. Along with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), we published “Who Will Be Accountable? Human Rights and the Post 2015 Development Agenda", examining how human rights instruments can strengthen the accountability of national, international, and non-state actors under the new framework of development.
CESR has also made great strides in rights monitoring and accountability. Our OPERA framework (named for Outcomes, Policy Efforts, Resources, and Assessments) has been successfully implemented in regions around the world, including Guatemala, Palestine, and New Zealand, and our training and capacity building activities have enabled national NGOs from Egypt to Solvania to document and challenge human rights abuses. CESR has also prepared factsheets on countries such as Egypt and Spain, ahead of their respective appearances before the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). CESR worked with local NGOs in order to present this information and to build the capacity of these national groups to more effectively monitor their nation's compliance and to demonstrate the link between democratic freedoms and economic and social justice, particularly in Egypt.

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CENTER FOR ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RIGHTS INC

Board of directors
as of 9/29/2017
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Board co-chair

Carin Norberg

Nordic Africa Institute


Board co-chair

Irene Khan

International Development Law Organization

Ignacio Saiz

Center for Economic and Social Rights

Irene Khan

International Development Law Organizaton

Elizabeth McCormack

Rockefeller Family and Associates

Carin Norberg

Nordic Africa Institute

John Green

The New School

Karin Lissakers

Revenue Watch Institute

Sharmila Mhatre

International Development Research Centre

Imad Sabi

Oxfam Novib

Magdalena Carmona

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

Board leadership practices

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  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes