Human Rights Council: Guiding Principles on extreme poverty and human rights

These are the first global policy guidelines focused specifically on the human rights of people living in poverty.

The Guiding Principles on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights are intended for use by governments to ensure that public policies, including poverty eradication efforts, reach the poorest members of society, respect and uphold their rights, and take into account the significant social, cultural, economic and structural obstacles to human rights enjoyment faced by persons living in poverty.

Given that most of those living in poverty are children and that poverty in childhood is a root cause of poverty
in adulthood, children’s rights must be accorded priority. Even short periods of deprivation and exclusion can dramatically and irreversibly harm a child’s right to survival and development. To eradicate poverty, States must take immediate action to combat childhood poverty.

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