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A Resource Platform for Development Practitioners and Policy Makers

Linking Social Protection and Human Rights was a collaboration between the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Magdalena Sepúlveda, to enhance awareness of, and develop the capacity to implement, a human rights-based approach to social protection. This research-related activity commenced in 2013.



By 2015, this collaboration had evolved into Social Protection and Human Rights, a stand-alone web platform at www.socialprotection-humanrights.org, with 10 institutional partners.

  • United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)
  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
  • Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
  • Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
  • Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)
  • Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

In 2014-2015, UNRISD has received generous support from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland to carry out this activity. A 12-member advisory group, consisting of expert researchers, policy makers and practitioners, provides voluntary guidance to help the platform reach its objectives.