16 November 2021
Taking place on Fridays from 14:30 to 16:00 at our headquarters Villa Moynier and online, the GHRP Fridays are open to the various stakeholders interacting in Geneva and at the national level with TBs, including diplomats, experts, TB members, staff from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and civil society.
‘This series offers a unique opportunity to bring the various stakeholders involved in the follow-up and implementation of the UN Treaty Body Review’s outcomes around the table to discuss the best way forward to ensure that UN TBs continue to perform their key role of monitoring and implementing UN human rights treaties’ says Felix Kirchmeier, Executive Director of the Geneva Human Rights Platform.
Upcoming GFRP Fridays will discuss a wide range of issues – based on the specific recommendations contained in the Swiss-Moroccan co-facilitator report of the 2020 review process and the report of the 33rd TB Chairperson.
These include the possibilities to synchronize reporting schedules of all TBs, good practices and potential modalities to be introduced in the nomination and election process for new TB members, focused reviews or digital tools for national-level reporting.
Element Five Digital
‘We are very pleased to have these partners on board and attendance to our first event on harmonized COVID working methods showed the need for such exchanges to keep the discussion alive and ensure practical changes’ explains Felix Kirchmeier.
This landmark event of our Geneva Human Rights Platform focused on the need to bridge the gap between Geneva-based human rights mechanisms and the UN in New York, based on the interrelated nature of human rights issues across both cities.
Applications for the 2024–2025 academic year of our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights are open. They will run until 26 January 2024 for applications with a scholarship and until 24 February 2024 for applications without a scholarship.
This discussion will look into election processes for UN TBs, the impact of Feminist Foreign Policy on this process, what can we learn from fellow international mechanisms, as well as the inclusion of a vetting process.
UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré
This executive course, tailored for Geneva-based diplomats and co-organized with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, addresses the negotiation practices at the multilateral level, by taking the UN Human Rights Council as an example of formal and informal negotiation and decision-making processes by an international intergovernmental body.
This online short course analyses the main international and regional norms governing the international protection of refugees. It notably examines the sources of international refugee law, including the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and their interaction with human rights law and international humanitarian law.
The Geneva Human Rights Platform contributes to this review process by providing expert input via different avenues, by facilitating dialogue on the review among various stakeholders, as well as by accompanying the development of a follow-up resolution to 68/268 in New York and in Geneva.
Olivier Chamard/Geneva Academy