GHRP Annual Conference
Connectivity of the human rights debates that take place in New York and Geneva to strengthen the toolbox for networked multilateralism: What role do human rights play in a universal, inclusive and more effective approach to peace and security?
There are many connections between Geneva and New York when it comes to the United Nations (UN) human rights architecture. While most mechanisms are based in Geneva, New York has a decisive influence on them – both substantially but also financially: resolutions from the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) transit to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) 3rd Committee; UN Special Rapporteurs report annually to both the HRC and UNGA; debates on the development of the UN human rights treaty system take place in Geneva with decisions taken in New York.
On the other hand, considerations on peace and security, when blocked at the UN Security Council (UNSC) take new turns and lead to innovation in the HRC, while UN human rights mechanisms often play an early warning role for the UNSC, as pointed out by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mr Volker Türk.
The 2023 Annual Conference of the Geneva Human Rights Platform (GHRP) will take place in New York – with the possibility to also join discussions online – to precisely explore the many links between Geneva and New York, the relevance of Geneva's outputs in New York debates, and the implications for the promotion and protection of human rights. The discussions will be held as a series of linked, but independent events as follows (detailed descriptions, partner organizations, venues and timing are provided in the individual flyers and on the specific even pages).
On 21 October, the GHRP, the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights and the Albanian branch of the International Law Association co-organize a panel discussion at the ABILA International Weekend on the practice of UN human rights treaty bodies (TBs).
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Four panel discussions will address the following issues:
This high-level panel, which can be followed in person at UN Headquarters or online, officially launches the GHRP 2023 Annual Conference.
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This informal briefing for members of the UN Security Council (upon invitation only) will discuss the links between Geneva-based UN human rights mechanisms and the UN peace and security architecture, focusing on the substantive inputs that the human rights system can provide to NYC-centered debates.
This panel, organized in cooperation with the Co-Chairs of the Human Rights Caucus, can be followed in person at the Baha’i International UN Office or online. It will discuss UN Accountability Mechanisms, including independent investigative mechanisms and commissions of inquiry mandated by the UN General Assembly and the UN Human Rights Council.
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This public workshop at the UN Church Center for small delegations in New York aims to provide them with an overview of the UN human rights system and resolutions in the 3rd Committee of the UN General Assembly, grounded in resolutions of the UN Human Rights Council.
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This annual flagship public event open to all human rights actors – diplomats, experts, NGOs, members of UN treaty bodies, Special Rapporteurs, international organizations, National Human Rights Institutions and academics – addresses current issues and challenges in the work of Geneva-based human rights mechanisms.
This event may be filmed, recorded and/or photographed on behalf of the Geneva Academy. The Geneva Academy may use these recordings and photographs for internal and external communications for information, teaching and research purposes, and/or promotion and illustration through its various media channels (website, social media, newsletters, annual report, etc.).
By participating in this event, you are agreeing to the possibility of appearing in the aforementioned films, recordings and photographs, and their subsequent use by the Geneva Academy.
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.
In July, students enrolled in our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights embarked on a week-long study trip to Armenia.
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.
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.
This online short course discusses the extent to which states may limit and/or derogate from their international human rights obligations in order to prevent and counter-terrorism and thus protect persons under their jurisdiction.
This project facilitated a multistakeholder consultative process to identify knowledge gaps, generate new evidence and co-design evidence-based tools to support regulatory and policy responses to human rights challenges linked to digital technologies.
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.