25 June 2018
During an expert seminar that took place at the Geneva Academy at the beginning of June, UN Special Procedures, members of UN treaty bodies (TBs), staff from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), as well as representatives from civil society, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Swiss Government discussed the role that United Nations (UN) human rights (HR) mechanisms have played and can play in monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that seek to realize economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR).
Participants also discussed how they could collaborate with the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York and the links they could develop with the March 2017 initiative on human rights and the 2030 Agenda at the Human Rights Council (HRC).
‘These exchanges allow participants to learn what UN HR mechanisms have done and are doing in linking ESCR and the SDGs and to discuss how they can better include the SDGs in their work’ underlines Dr Christophe Golay, Senior Research Fellow and Strategic Adviser on ESCR at the Geneva Academy.
Both publications present the links between human rights and development, lessons learned from the MDGs period, and commitments made in relation to the SDGs and ESCR in the 2030 Agenda. They also draw attention to the need to fully integrate HR into the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs and provide a set of concrete recommendations for states, UN HR mechanisms, OHCHR and the HLPF as to how this might be done.
‘A number of UN Special Rapporteurs received a new mandate from the HRC to include the SDGs in their work, notably in their annual thematic reports and country visits. Mandate holders who participated in this expert seminar welcomed the possibility to use ideas presented in our publications to do so’ stresses Christophe Golay.
This expert seminar, along with the two publications on ESCR and the SDGs form part of a larger research project on development and ESCR. This project aims to raise awareness about the complementarity of HR and development by analyzing the relationship between ESCR and global development goals, focusing on the role that UN HR mechanisms can play in monitoring the SDGs that seek to realize ESCR.
An online expert consultation co-organized with the UN Human Rights’ B-Tech Project discussed regulatory and policy responses to human rights challenges linked to digital technologies.
The Geneva Human Rights Platform is collaborating with the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria and OHCHR in the development of an online database aimed at assessing the impact of the UN human rights treaty body system.
From its adoption to its content and implementation, this training course provides a comprehensive overview of the United Nations Declaration on the rights of peasants, as well as tools to protect and promote the rights of peasants, rural women, fisher, pastoralist and nomadic communities, as well as agricultural workers.
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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.
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.
The project will notably identify 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.