25 June 2019
After having provided academic support to the negotiation of the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas (UNDROP) for ten years, our research project on the rights of peasants focuses on its implementation.
At an expert seminar co-organized with the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Geneva Office, several United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteurs, Independent Experts, members of UN working groups and UN treaty bodies, civil society representatives and staff of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights discussed the role of UN human rights mechanisms in the implementation of the UNDROP.
‘We took advantage of the annual meeting of UN Special Procedures in Geneva to organize this seminar in order to get concrete inputs from UN Special Procedures whose mandates touch upon the promotion and protection of the rights of peasants’ explains Dr Christophe Golay, Senior Research Fellow and Strategic Adviser on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the Geneva Academy.
Our Research Brief The Implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas and its main recommendations informed the discussions.
Several UN experts agreed to integrate the UNDROP in their work and discussed the possibility to issue a joint statement describing their role in monitoring the UNDROP's implementation before the start of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in September 2019.
One of the recommendation of the publication calls for the creation of a new monitoring mechanism, such as a new UN Special Procedure on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas.
‘In another study that will be published later in 2019, we will describe the potential role and mandate of such a new mechanism, as well as the specific role of existing monitoring mechanisms, including the Universal Periodic Review, UN Special Procedures and UN treaty bodies in monitoring the implementation of the UNDROP’ concludes Dr Golay.
Felix Kirchmeier, coordinator of the Geneva Human Rights Platform briefed the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on the main proposals developed by the Academic Platform on Treaty Body Review 2020.
Olivier Chamard/Geneva Academy
During one day, more than 100 experts, practitioners, academics, diplomats and representatives of NGOs, international organizations and National Human Rights Institutions discussed and debated the connectivity of human rights mechanisms.
Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Albie Sachs, Former Judge of the South African Constitutional Court, will reflect on the current human rights challenges and how to move the human rights agenda forward.
UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré
This training course will explore the origin and evolution of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and its functioning in Geneva and will focus on the nature of implementation of the UPR recommendations at the national level.
Nicolas Axelrod / Ruom
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.
The Geneva Academy is coordinating the academic input to the 2020 review of UN treaty bodies by the UN General Assembly via the creation of an academic network of independent researchers, a call for papers, a series of regional consultations, annual conferences in Geneva, as well as ongoing interactions with key stakeholders.
This project aims to raise awareness about the complementarity of human rights and development by analyzing the relationship between economic, social and cultural rights and global development goals, namely the Millennium Development Goals adopted in 2000 and the Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015.