The global impact of the COVID-19 crisis and the responses have raised a wide range of human rights concerns.
UN human rights experts and the UN High Commissioner have spoken out, collectively and individually, issuing statements covering the full range of civic, political, economic and cultural rights.

These can be found on the UN OHCHR website:

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) Member States have adopted by consensus a Resolution (A/RES/74/270) on COVID-19 that calls for “international cooperation” and “multilateralism”. The resolution recognizes the "unprecedented effects of the pandemic, including the severe disruption to societies and economies, as well as to global travel and commerce, and the devastating impact on the livelihood of people". It calls for "intensified international cooperation to contain, mitigate and defeat the pandemic, including by exchanging information, scientific knowledge and best [...]

At a briefing on COVID-19, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated: “We are in an unprecedented situation and the normal rules no longer apply. We cannot resort to the usual tools in such unusual times.”

The Secretary-General’s call for a global ceasefire in light of COVID-19 has already garnered significant support including from Member States and CSOs, receiving over 2 million signatures. Learn more and sign the petition here.

Introducing his report on the socio-economic implications of COVID-19 he stated [...]

UN Monitor 14

The potential and challenges of the digital economy are emerging steadily on the UN agenda. The UN General Assembly’s Committee on Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Issues (Third Committee) closed its 74th session in November 2019 adopting over 60 resolutions on a wide range of subjects, only one of which (A/C.3/74/L.11) addressed digital technologies.

The Committee heard presentations from a variety of Independent Experts and Special Rapporteurs, two of whom addressed in their reports the human rights implications of [...]

UN Monitor 13

On 28 January 2020 the President of the General Assembly (PGA), Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, and the President of ECOSOC, Mona Juul announced a new initiative: “a high-level panel on international financial accountability, transparency and integrity (FACTI)”. This joint endeavour is framed as a means to target and recover assets for investment in the Sustainable Development Goals.

At present, the UN estimates the financing gap to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) totals a staggering $2.5 trillion. Proponents of a robust and [...]

Assessing current proposals under debate

Dr. Marianne Beisheim

This working paper by the German Institute for International and Security Affairs identifies and discusses proposals currently under debate for reviewing the “format and organizational aspects” of the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).


UN Monitor 12

How to capture and manage big data? This is a question that will confront the 51st session of the UN Statistical Commission in March 2020 as they review the official reports. The four-year process of finalizing the global indicator framework to measure the 169 targets of the SDGs is drawing to a conclusion with the acceptance by the IAEG-SDGs of 8 additional indicators, 14 replacement indicators, 8 revised indicators and 6 deleted indicators. The framework has gone to the Commission [...]

Gemeinsame Pressemitteilung von Initiative Lieferkettengesetz, CorA-Netzwerk, ECCHR, BUND

Pressemitteilung vom 12.02.2020 | Ein Lieferkettengesetz in Deutschland ist machbar – für Unternehmen genauso wie für den Gesetzgeber. Das zeigt ein Rechtsgutachten der Initiative Lieferkettengesetz, erstellt von Rechtsexpert*innen des Bündnisses mit Unterstützung durch Rechtsanwalt Robert Grabosch. Unternehmen in Deutschland sollen mit einem solchen Gesetz dazu verpflichtet werden, Mensch und Umwelt bei ihren globalen Geschäften besser zu schützen.

„Unsere Analyse zeigt: Menschenrechts- und Umweltschutz entlang der gesamten Wertschöpfungskette sind keine Utopie, sondern nur ein Gesetz weit entfernt. Die Bundesregierung muss dem [...]

Nachhaltige Entwicklung unter Druck

von Bodo Ellmers

Aktuelle Monitoring-Berichte von IWF, Weltbank und NGOs deklarieren unisono, dass das Risiko einer neuen Schulden- und Finanzkrise massiv gestiegen ist. Einzelne Länder sind bereits akut betroffen. Des Global Policy Forums analysiert die Implikationen für nachhaltige Entwicklung in einer demnächst erscheinenden Studie und meint, Austeritätspolitik müsse dringend vermieden werden, sonst drohe eine neue verlorene Dekade anstatt der deklarierten Aktionsdekade für die SDGs. Politikalternativen gibt es genug.


Der Global Economic Prospects Report der Weltbank vom Januar 2020 hat [...]

UN Monitor 11

The Second Committee of the UN General Assembly, in charge of Economic and Financial Affairs, concluded its 2019 deliberations last November 27. Fifty resolutions were passed and discussion was closed on all but one agenda item: the Revitalization of the UN General Assembly. The range of the resolutions, dealing with sustainable development, macroeconomics, operational activities for development and countries in special situations show that the UN is relevant in macroeconomic and financing matters. More attention will be demanded in the [...]