ESCR-Net Newsletter - July/August 2014


The International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) involves over 270 Members in 70 countries, together building “a global movement to make human rights and social justice a reality for all”.

  • ESCR-Net, via members of the Economic Policy Working Group, helped to launch Bank on Human Rights, a global coalition of social movements and civil society organizations working to ensure that all development finance institutions respect, protect, and fulfill human rights, including via a recent action engaging the World Bank Safeguard Review.

  • As several additional countries move towards ratification of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (OP-ICESCR), the NGO Coalition for the OP-ICESCR invites discussion towards: “Reclaiming and Sustaining the OP-ICESCR´s Vision.”
  • The ESCR-Net Secretariat welcomes Susie Talbot as Senior Legal Officer and promotes Thea Gelbspan to Membership and Solidarity Coordinator, with responsibility for coordinating the Social Movement Working Group, the System of Solidarity (SOS) and Member outreach and engagement.

In Brief