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Honoring Sakiko Fukuda-Parr’s Award-Winning Book "Fulfilling Economic and Social Rights" and Its Application in the Habitat Commitment Index

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Starr Foundation Hall, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Join us to celebrate author Sakiko Fukuda-Parr and the research team translating New School research into action. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr’s book, Fulfilling Economic and Social Rights, written together with Terra Lawson-Remer and Susan Randolph, published by Oxford University Press in 2015, was named “The Best Book in Human Rights Scholarship” by the American Political Science Association in 2016. This ground-breaking book developed a methodology to determine the extent to which nation states and other jurisdictions have fulfilled their commitments for the provision of human rights.

This methodology has been further adapted by the Global Urban Futures Project of the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy to develop the Habitat Commitment Index (HCI), a tool to assess the degree of fulfillment of national commitments made by governments at the UN Habitat II Conference in Istanbul in June 1996.

The HCI is intended to demonstrate the varying levels of fulfillment of commitments by countries, weighted by their GDP. This approach allows an assessment of effort to achieve better results rather than just the results themselves.  

This tool was presented at a special one-day conference in July 2016 in Surabaya, Indonesia on the occasion of the Third Preparatory Committee meeting for the Habitat III Conference, later in October 2016 at the Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador, as well as at the Ford Foundation. It is now being further adapted as a tool to measure municipal performance in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda.

This event is sponsored by Graduate Program in International Affairs and the Global Urban Futures Project 

Presented by Milano School of International Affairs, Schools of Public Engagement 

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