Human Rights Council

Human Rights Council

Resolution 2/2. Human rights and extreme poverty

The Human Rights Council,

Deeply concerned that extreme poverty persists in all countries of the world, regardless of their economic, social and cultural situation, and that its extent and manifestations are particularly severe in developing countries,

Reaffirming in this regard the commitments made at relevant United Nations conferences and summits, including the commitments in the World Summit for Social Development, held in Copenhagen in 1995, in the United Nations Millennium Declaration adopted by the General Assembly in 2000 and the outcome document adopted by the Heads of State and Government at the 2005 World Summit,

1. Affirms that the fight against extreme poverty must remain a high priority for the international community;

2. Takes note of the draft guiding principles on extreme poverty and human rights: the rights of the poor annexed to Sub-Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights resolution 2006/9 of 24 August 2006;

3. Requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to circulate the draft guiding principles, in order to obtain the views of States, relevant United Nations agencies, intergovernmental organizations, United Nations treaty bodies, special procedures including the independent expert on the question of human rights and extreme poverty, national human rights institutions, non-governmental organizations, especially those in which people in situations of extreme poverty express their views, and other relevant stakeholders, and to report to the Council at its seventh session.

Adopted without a vote

31st meeting

27 November 2006