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2nd Meeting, Sixth Intersessional Meeting of the…

2nd Meeting, Sixth Intersessional Meeting of the Human Rights Council on Human Rights and the 2030 Agenda

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15:00 – 16:25, Session 2: Maximizing available resources for ESCR and leaving no one behind at a time of growing debt distress.

With links to the three SDGs in focus (SDG 1, 16 and 17), the second panel discussion will explore the human rights implications and solutions to the current debt crisis. It will highlight States' promising practices, lessons learned, and policy interventions needed to improve the international sovereign debt restructuring architecture. It will also explore how principles of responsible borrowing and lending can better reflect the human rights obligations of States, as a way to reduce debt risks, indicate early warning signs of crisis and enhance the ability of market-based instruments to support human rights and the SDGs.

 Moderator: Mr. Richard Kozul-Wright, Director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

 Panel discussion with:

• Mr. Navid Hanif, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)

• Prof. Attiya Waris, UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights

Ms. Maryann L. N. Lwandamina, Acting Assistant Director - External Debt at the Ministry of Finance and National Planning, Zambia

 • Prof. Musa Shteiwi, President, Economic and Social Council of Jordan

16:25 – 17:50, Session 3: Leveraging human rights to combatting illicit financial flows and corruption through effective international tax cooperation and fiscal transparency.

The third panel discussion will bring a human rights perspective to the current global developments on inclusive and effective international cooperation on tax matters under the UN. The discussion will delve into SDG 1 to mobilize resources to eradicate poverty, SDG 16 on reducing corruption and illicit financial flows, and SDG 17 on improving domestic resource mobilization to advance human rights and the Sustainable Development Agenda. 

Moderator: Ms. Özge Aydoğan, Director of the SDG Lab

Panel discussion with:

 • Hon. Solomon Ayele Dersso, Commissioner of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR)

Francisco Saffie Gatica, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Chile to the Organisation for   Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

• Ms. Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President of the Club of Rome and Chair of the European Commission's Expert Group on the Economic and Societal Impact of Research and Innovation • Ms. Liz Nelson, Director of Advocacy and Research, Tax Justice Network 

17:50 – 18:00, Closing Session 

The Secretariat: OHCHR will provide a recap of the main strategic points raised in the meeting, including an initial indication of the conclusion and key recommendations to be taken forward to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July 2024 and Summit for the Future in September 2024. The Chair will close the meeting.

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