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Indicators for Monitoring Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Nepal - A User’s Guide (English/Nepali)
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Lack of appropriate tools and methods is widely recognized as one of the major challenges while monitoring economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) in Nepal. With a view to address this gap, OHCHR-Nepal, in collaboration with the national institutions, has advocated for the identification and use of human rights indicators. Human rights indicators can be defined as specific information on the state of an event, activity or an outcome that relate to human rights norms and standards; that address and reflect the human rights concerns and principles; and, that are used to assess and monitor the promotion and protection of human rights at a national level. Developed by the Working Group on ESCR Indicators, under the initiation and coordination of United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal), this User’s Guide contains structural, process and outcome indicators to monitor the rights to adequate food, housing, health, education and work in Nepal. The Working Group hopes that the indicators which require authentic
and disaggregated data will help the national institutions, civil society
and human rights defenders effectively assess whether the realization of
ESCR in Nepal is progressive, stagnant or retrogressive. The Government could use the indicators to assess the effectiveness of its periodic plans and programmes relating to ESCR. On top, the indicators will help the national actors, particularly the Government to engage with the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) in a constructive and fruitful manner to advance the realization of ESCR in Nepal. The preparation of this Guide was encouraged by the words of the former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Prof. Paul Hunt who said in 1998: “Indicators and benchmarks have an especially important role in relation to the shifting State obligations implicit in the concepts of “progressive realization” and “maximum available resources”. Indeed, without human rights indicators and benchmarks, it is difficult to see how these elusive concepts can be effectively monitored." As this User’s Guide seeks disaggregated data on indicators, it will help the actors capture status of discrimination and equality in relation to enjoyment of ESCR in Nepal. The indicators will also help stakeholders strengthen accountability for the violation and denial of ESCR which remains a challenge to overcome for the respect, protect and fulfill ESCR.
Publisher:
GoN, UNOHCHR, NHRE/UNDP ,   (2011 )
Type / Script:
Publication in English
Keywords:
DISCRIMINATION, EQUALITY, EMPLOYMENT, SAFETY AND SECURITY, FOOD ADULTERATION, ACCOUNTABILITY, SOCIAL INEQUALITY, ATTRIBUTES, DALIT COMMUNITY, ETHNIC GROUP, AVAILABILITY AND ACCESSIBILITY, CAPACITY BUILDING, CIVIL SOCIETY, RIGHTS BASED APPROACH, RIGHT TO ADEQUATE FOOD, PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH, CONSTITUTIONAL OBLIGATIONS, OBSTETRICS CARE, SKILLED BIRTH ATTENDANCE, CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS, HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION
Thematic Group:
 UNDP : Social and Institutional Developoment
Thesaurus:
14.02.02  -  Human Rights
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