Access to sufficient and appropriate food is a Human Right (Right to Food).
Climate change is not only an environmental problem, but also a humanitarian and development emergency of global proportions, which affects the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.
Eradicating poverty requires sufficient finance, spent the right way. Rich countries have to live up to their Official Development Assistance (ODA) pledges. Yet, ODA money, even if current rates of commitment are met, will not be enough to eradicate poverty in the face of climate change and other global challenges. New sources of revenue additional to ODA are needed.
CIDSE member organisations work to prevent business enterprises from becoming complicit in or tacitly benefiting from human rights violations. It is in this context that CIDSE has been focusing on the mandate of the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, Professor John Ruggie, or the so-called Ruggie process. This six-year process has come to its conclusion at the June 2011 UN Human Rights Council. CIDSE advocates for a strong follow-up mechanism, which must focus on how best to prevent and substantially reduce cases of serious corporate violations of human rights.