Co-organized with the Missions of Finland, France and Portugal, NORRAG, Amnesty International, the Equal Education Law Centre, the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR), the Initiative for Economic and Social Rights, and the Right to Education Initiative (RTE).
Since 2015 a loose network of stakeholders have been working together to support the development, by experts, of Guiding Principles (GPs) that compile existing customary and conventional human rights law as it relates to private actors in education. The working title of the GPs is ‘Human Rights Guiding Principles on State Obligations with regards to Private Involvement in Education’. They are intended to be operational in, and adaptable to, different contexts and aim to provide a basis for policy work and serve as a concrete tool that states and policy-makers can use.
The content of the GPs will be defined and finalised by a group of recognized independent experts from around the world through ongoing work, until a finalisation conference to be held in the Fall of 2018. The ambition is that the text will become the normative reference point and policy tool on the issue of private involvement in education.
As part of a broad consultative process of the GPs, various regional and thematic consultations have been convened over the course of 2016 and 2017, which included input from a wide range of stakeholders, including civil society organizations, state representatives, human rights organizations, academics, international and regional organizations, experts in the fields of education and law, and other actors.
The Geneva Consultation provides an opportunity to discuss the process, key concepts, and the policy implications for states and existing UN processes, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 4, with Geneva-based stakeholders, including permanent missions, NGOs, international organizations, UN experts and academic researchers.
To find out more about the GPs, please visit the FAQs page on te GPs.
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During an expert seminar UN Special Procedures, members of UN treaty bodies, staff from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as representatives from civil society and the Swiss Government discussed the role that UN human rights mechanisms play in monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals that seek to realize economic, social and cultural rights.
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The Geneva Academy is selected as a leading school in LLM Guide’s recently published list of Top 10 LLM Programmes in Human Rights Law, along with other prestigious academic institutions like Columbia University, Leiden University, Georgetown University Law Center or the University of Essex.
This public conference provides an opportunity to discuss the contributions of UN human rights mechanisms to the monitoring of the SDGs that seek to realize ESCR and their collaboration with the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.&am
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Cette formation en ligne permet d’acquérir une connaissance approfondie des droits économiques, sociaux et culturels (DESC), des obligations des états et des mécanismes chargés de les protéger et de surveiller leur mise en œuvre.
This training course explores the relationship between economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and provides participants with practical tools to include ESCR and the SDGs in their work.
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This project aims to support the UN working group’s consultation process and thus contribute the promotion and protection of human rights and gender equality in relation to the business sector via research on international human rights law and policy related to gender equality guarantees and their application to business activities, and the organization of a global conference in Geneva.
The project will notably identify, via the publication of a guide, expert workshops and the participation of key European partners in the negotiations of the UN Declaration, the main opportunities and obstacles to protect the right to seeds in Europe. It will also discuss how to promote changes in European laws, policies and trade agreements to ensure that they do not infringe, but facilitate the realization of peasants’ right to seeds.