The UN Special Rapporteur on Poverty prepares to visit Morocco and seeks to communicate with various actors

The United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Olivier de Schutter, is preparing an official visit to the Kingdom of Morocco from December 6 to 19, at the invitation of the Moroccan government.

According to the United Nations, his visit aims to assess efforts to combat poverty and protect the human rights of the poor in Morocco. During his visit, the Special Rapporteur will travel to different cities and regions and will meet with government officials, civil society organizations and development agencies, as well as individuals and groups living in poverty, in order to assess efforts to fight poverty and protect human rights. rights of people living in poverty in Morocco.

In preparation for this visit, the Special Rapporteur invited all interested individuals and organizations, including civil society organizations, activists and academics, to provide interventions on priority issues related to poverty, to help him prepare for the visit, before the November 4 next.

The mandate on the issue of extreme poverty was established by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in 1998. It was taken over by the Human Rights Council, which replaced the Commission, and the Human Rights Council requests the Special Rapporteur to investigate and report to the United States members on initiatives taken to promote and protect the rights of people living in extreme poverty, with the goal of supporting the eradication of this type of poverty.

The Human Rights Council had appointed Professor Olivier de Chatter as the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights at its forty-third session in March 2020. In his capacity as Professor of Law at the Catholic University of Leuven and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, de Chatter held the position of Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food from 2008 to 2014, and was a member of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights between 2015 and 2020.