The *Special Rapporteur (definition explained later) would like to invite all interested individuals and organisations in the United Kingdom working on issues related to poverty and human rights, including representatives of civil society organisations, experts and academics, to provide input for the preparation of his visit to the United Kingdom in November 2018.

Submissions can be sent to [email protected] until Friday 14 September 2018 at 18.00hrs. There is a maximum of 2,500 words.

We are assured that all input will be treated confidentially by the Special Rapporteur and his team and for the sole purpose of preparing for the country visit. If you would like your written submission to be published on the website of the Special Rapporteur, please explicitly indicate this in your submission.

*What is, and who is the Special Rapporteur?

Professor Philip Alston

The Special Rapporteur is an independent expert appointed by the ‘United Nations Human Rights Council’. The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 Member States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe. The United Kingdom is a member of the Council.

Special Rapporteurs are selected on the basis of their expertise and experience in the area of their mandate, personal integrity, independence and impartiality and objectivity. They are not employed by the United Nations and receive no remuneration for their UN work.

Professor Philip Alston, the Special Rapporteur will be visiting the UK from 5 to 16 November 2018. His brief concerns extreme poverty and human rights.