NYU Stern BH
7 July 2020
June 2021 will mark the tenth anniversary of the endorsement by the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).
‘The UNGPs – as they provide a global authoritative framework for state duties and business responsibilities– represented a major step forward to address business-related human rights abuse’ underlines Felix Kirchmeier, Executive Director of the Geneva Human Rights Platform.
As part of its mandate to promote the UNGPs, the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights is launching today a yearlong project to take stock of achievements to date, assess existing gaps and challenges, and develop a vision and roadmap for implementing the UNGPs more widely and more broadly between now and 2030.
‘The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights is today, a key mechanism to ensure the proper dissemination and implementation of the UNGPs. We are therefore looking forward to supporting its project through a consultant, helping the UN Working Group to elaborate its programme and the co-organization of public, awareness-raising events’ explains Felix Kirchmeier, Executive Director of the Geneva Human Rights Platform.
‘This support fits very well with one of the key objectives of the Geneva Human Rights Platform which aims, as a ‘Mechanisms Lab’, to ensure the sustainable functioning of the Geneva-based human rights mechanisms and bodies’ he adds.
Sahar Ammar is a Project Associate in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) department of the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) in Geneva. In this interview, she tells about the programme and what it brought to her career.
Two years have passed since the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas. On this occasion, we are launching, together with the International Land Coalition, an easy-to-use manual that looks into how this historical declaration can be used to protect the right to land.
This online event will discuss experiences and outcomes of actions taken to promote the ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearances.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, 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.
Through frontal lectures, complemented by interactive activities as case-studies and dialogues with practitioners, this online short course will provide a proper understanding of the rationale, structure and content of international law rules addressing the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery in the event of disasters and assess their impact for humanitarian actors, International Organisations and domestic stakeholders.
We are a partner of the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project, housed at the University of Essex’s Human Rights Centre, which aims to map and analyse the human rights challenges and opportunities presented by the use of big data and associated technologies. It notably examines whether fundamental human rights concepts and approaches need to be updated and adapted to meet the new realities of the digital age.
Resulting from traditional legal research and informal interviews with experts, the project aims at examining how – if at all possible – IHL could be more systematically, appropriately and correctly dealt with by the human rights mechanisms emanating from the Charter of the United Nations, as well from universal and regional treaties.