SPEAKING UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS - Meet Philip Alston, former UN Special Rapporteur and human rights lawyer

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As the UN’s poverty and human rights expert Philip Alston famously spoke truth to governments about what he saw. We explore what kind of world we’re heading into in the wake of coronavirus, and what Philip learnt listening to communities in countries from the USA to Ghana to Chile to Malaysia (some fascinating stories here!).

EQUALS is all about bringing a range of experts to share their own unique and insight from their own experiences. Professor Philip Alston was appointed to be the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, an independent expert role that he held from 2014 until April 2020.

We discuss the interplay between coronavirus and inequality, and if there is anything good that can possibly come out of this pandemic for a more equal world. We also dig deeper into the pressures of holding such a prominent UN role, and about the relationship between human rights and inequality.

This is the latest part of the EQUALS #InequalityVirus mini-series. 

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