Olivier Chamard/Geneva Academy
24 January 2020
The Geneva Human Rights Platform (GHRP) provides a neutral and dynamic forum of interaction in Geneva for all stakeholders in the field of human rights – experts, practitioners, diplomats and civil society – to debate topical issues and challenges related to the functioning of the Geneva-based human rights system. Relying on academic research and findings, it works to enable various actors to be better connected, break silos, and, hence, advance human rights.
In 2020, the GHRP will continue to work on the connectivity of human rights mechanisms, broadening the scope by also looking at the connectivity of Geneva-based human rights bodies with regional mechanisms in Africa, the Americas and Europe.
‘Victims of human rights violations look for remedies at the forum that are best suited for their claims and states face sometimes differing jurisprudence developed by these bodies. This is an important issue, notably in relation to the universality of human rights and we will dedicate the 2020 annual conference of the GHRP to the regional-universal connections’ underlines Felix Kirchmeier, Executive Director of the Geneva Human Rights Platform.
Via targeted initiatives, policy-oriented research, events, diplomatic briefings, conferences, expert roundtables, training courses and private meetings, the platform will also accompany ongoing discussions and challenges related to the work of the Geneva-based human rights mechanisms and bodies.
‘We will continue to inform the 2020 Review of United Nations treaty bodies in Geneva and New York, to reflect on ways to improve their work, and to facilitate exchanges among different constituencies of the Geneva human rights system and beyond’ explains Felix Kirchmeier.
At an expert conference co-organized with the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, 30 UN treaty body (TB) experts, academics, national and international NGOs and governmental representatives discussed the implementation of a new mechanism aimed at improving the work of UN TBs, the TRIP: Technical Review of Implementation Progress.
In an event co-organized with the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN in New York, two of the authors – Noam Lubell and Jelena Pejic – presented the 16 guidelines before a full room of delegates from the UN General Assembly First and Sixth Commissions, UN agencies, and experts.
Les intervenant-e-s aborderont comment le droit aux semences est traité dans la Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des paysans.
This book is the outcome of a six-month research fellowship at the Geneva Academy carried out by Eric Tistounet, Chief of the Human Rights Council Branch at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
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 oeuvre.
This training course provides participants with a deep understanding of the international legal framework for the protection of human rights and the environment as well as in-depth knowledge of how to promote environmental protection through existing human rights mechanisms. The 2020 edition will have a specific focus on water pollution and scarcity.
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.