This briefing of the Geneva Human Rights Platform, co-organized with the Permanent Missions of Costa Rica and Switzerland to the United Nations (UN) in New York will discuss options and positions towards the 2020 treaty body (TB) review. Held in form of an open discussion with short inputs from different stakeholders, it will update the New York-based diplomatic community about processes and inputs towards the 2020 review.
In 2014, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted resolution A/RES/68/268 on strengthening and enhancing the effective functioning of the TB system. Two aspects of the resolution ensure accountability in its implementation: the biennial report of the UN Secretary-General on the state of the TB system and the 2020 review by the UNGA. The 2020 horizon presents an opportunity to further reflect on the Treaty Body System’s future and to develop innovative proposals and solutions without weakening the human rights protection the Treaty Body System currently affords.
Leading up to this 2020 review, States and other stakeholders have submitted proposals for strengthening the TB system to inform the third and final report of the UNSG. Among TB members, numerous discussions have taken place and positions are forming.
For the upcoming 2020–2021 academic year, our 16 short courses in international law in armed conflict will also be offered online – in addition to taking place in Geneva.
In an online conference co-organized by the Geneva Human Rights Platform, UN-Habitat, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Geneva Cities Hub, around 60 experts exchanged around best practices to ground the development of cities in a human rights framework.
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In this online event, some contributors to the new edition of Philip Alston and Frédéric Mégret’s book ‘The United Nations and Human Rights’ will examine the functions, procedures, and performance of the major UN organs dealing with human rights.
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This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, aims at presenting the institutions and procedures in charge of the implementation of international human rights law.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, 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.
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