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17 February 2020
Our Senior Research Fellow and Strategic Adviser on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Dr Christophe Golay, is a candidate for the position of United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the right to food. Shortlisted along with two other candidates, he is, therefore, running to become the new UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food and succeed to Hilal Ever in March 2020.
As an independent expert appointed by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food is mandated to examine and report on the full realization of the right to food and on the adoption of measures thereof at the national, regional and international levels.
‘I am convinced that this position, created back in 2000, is key to ensure a human rights-based approach to fight hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition and achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2. As 80 percent of the world's hungry are peasants and other people working in rural areas, and 70 percent of them are women and girls, more emphasis should be put on the promotion and protection of their rights’ underlines Dr Golay.
Dr Golay brings to this position more than 20 years of expertise on the right to food via academic research, publications, teaching, support to the first UN Special Rapporteur, and advice to international organizations like the Food and Agriculture Organization, regional human rights bodies, states and National Human Rights Institutions on the implementation of this right.
In the last two decades, he notably travelled to Brazil, Guatemala, Bolivia, Cuba, Niger, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, India, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Laos, Cambodia, Ghana, Kenya, Haiti, Nepal, Tunisia, and Congo-Brazzaville, to support the work of those fighting hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition.
‘As a worldwide recognized expert on the right to food, Dr Golay would not only bring his huge expertise to the position, but also his commitment and knowledge of the broader multilateral agenda, of the linkages between human rights and the SDGs, and of related rights like the rights of peasants, issues of participation and gender equality’ explains Professor Marco Sassòli, Director of the Geneva Academy.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the training course took place both in Geneva and online – with four participants in Geneva and nine online.
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.
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This online event – co-organized with FIAN International, WhyHunger, and the Human Rights Clinic at the Miami University School of Law – will reflect on the false and true solutions to ending hunger at its root causes in the U.S.
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The 2020 Annual Conference will focus on the connectivity between regional and global human rights mechanisms and relevant links with national systems, as well as on the effectiveness of these interactions in a number of policy areas.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, will provide participants with an introduction to substantive human rights law. It will start with an introduction to the nature and sources of international human rights law and its place in the international legal system. The course will then provide a presentation of the main principles applicable to substantive rights (jurisdiction, obligation and limitations).
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.
The Geneva Human Rights Platform collaborates with a series of actors to reflect on the implementation of international human rights norms at the local level and propose solutions to improve uptake of recommendations and decisions taken by Geneva-based human rights bodies at the local level.
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.