International Work

Within the global context, SPI has decided to explore work with multinational bodies such as the African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN). In 2021, SPI made its first submission to the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Culture rights (CESCR) on the key issues raised by the UN ICESCR regarding right to an adequate standard of living. In SPI’s submission it argued that it is imperative that the government designs and restructures the way in which it measures the cost of living. The submission made by SPI were adopted by the UN CESCR.

The UN CESCR in its recommendation reiterated its sentiments that the government needs to create a people centred index to measure of cost of living. Similarly, in 2022, SPI submitted a stakeholder report to the Universal Period Review (UPR) working group to advocate for an adequate standard of living in South Africa in collaboration with University of Pretoria (UP), the Centre of Human Rights (CHR).

In May 2022, SPI was granted observer status to the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR).