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TASC 2020 Annual Lecture with Philip Alston

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In his final report to the UN under his mandate as Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston writes:

"Extreme poverty is and must be understood as a violation of human rights. Protestations of inadequate resources are entirely unconvincing given the determined refusal of many Governments to adopt just fiscal policies, end tax evasion and stop corruption. Poverty is a political choice and will be with us until its elimination is reconceived as a matter of social justice. Only when the goal of realizing the human right to an adequate standard of living replaces the World Bank’s miserable subsistence line will the international community be on track to eliminate extreme poverty."

TASC are delighted to host Philip Alston for our 2020 TASC Annual Lecture. Mr. Alston will reflect on the findings of his most recent report and the challenges we are now faced with, given the loss of life and livelihoods as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Alston will be joined by Dr. Austin O'Carroll, Dublin GP, founder of Safetynet and leader of the Dublin Homeless Covid-19 Response team to respond to the lecture and offer his own insights into eliminating poverty in the aftermath of COVID-19.

The event will be moderated by Kitty Holland, Social Affairs Correspondent for The Irish Times.

Mr. Alston's work as Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights can be found here.

Wednesday 2 December 2020

6.30pm to 8 pm

A Zoom access link will be sent to all registered attendees closer to the event.

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