20 December 2019
The Treaty Body Members Platform, an initiative of the Geneva Human Rights Platform, connects experts in United Nations (UN) treaty bodies (TBs) with each other as well as with Geneva-based practitioners, academics and diplomats to share expertise, exchange views on topical questions and develop synergies.
‘This initiative facilitates collaboration across the various UN TBs, which is needed regarding both thematic issues and organizational ones’ underlines Felix Kirchmeier, Director of the Geneva Human Rights Platform.
‘It also allows members of UN TBs to discuss issues of common concern with other actors – human rights ones and others – who work on the same subjects but often never discuss their respective approaches, as well as possible synergies and collaborations’ he adds.
In 2019, the meetings hosted by the Geneva Human Rights Platform allowed peer exchanges among UN TBs experts and other Geneva-based actors on issues like the rights of the child, corruption, the 2020 review of UN TBs, missing persons, trafficking and prostitution, as well as individual complaints.
‘This initiative, which started back in 2014, managed to become a reference for UN TBs who want to discuss issues of common concern or exchange with other actors on specific thematic subjects. This year also allowed us to go beyond organizing meetings for UN TBs and start working with UN Special Procedures’ explains Felix Kirchmeier.
Boston police during a deonstration
This document – the outcome of research and broad consultations carried out under the auspices of the Geneva Academy and the University of Pretoria – provides direction on what constitutes lawful and responsible deployment and use of less-lethal weapons.
A two-day online expert meeting on gender-responsive cities closed last week a series of three online conferences on inclusive cities aimed at informing UN-Habitat Strategic Plan for 2020-2023.
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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.
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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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.