International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)

ICESCR is an international human rights treaty adopted in 1966. The UK agreed to follow ICESCR in 1976. It ensures the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights, including the rights to:

  • education

  • fair and just conditions of work

  • an adequate standard of living

  • the highest attainable standard of health

  • social security

Human rights tracker

Search our human rights tracker to find all UN recommendations for ICESCR and other treaties.

The ICESCR page has specific information on how it is monitored and whether the UK is meeting international standards.

Our work on ICESCR

We have published our latest report on economic, social and cultural rights in Great Britain (January 2023).

Older work

Our previous actions as part of our ICESCR monitoring include:

Last updated: 02 Feb 2023