NYU Stern BH
7 July 2020
June 2021 will mark the tenth anniversary of the endorsement by the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).
‘The UNGPs – as they provide a global authoritative framework for state duties and business responsibilities– represented a major step forward to address business-related human rights abuse’ underlines Felix Kirchmeier, Executive Director of the Geneva Human Rights Platform.
As part of its mandate to promote the UNGPs, the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights is launching today a yearlong project to take stock of achievements to date, assess existing gaps and challenges, and develop a vision and roadmap for implementing the UNGPs more widely and more broadly between now and 2030.
‘The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights is today, a key mechanism to ensure the proper dissemination and implementation of the UNGPs. We are therefore looking forward to supporting its project through a consultant, helping the UN Working Group to elaborate its programme and the co-organization of public, awareness-raising events’ explains Felix Kirchmeier, Executive Director of the Geneva Human Rights Platform.
‘This support fits very well with one of the key objectives of the Geneva Human Rights Platform which aims, as a ‘Mechanisms Lab’, to ensure the sustainable functioning of the Geneva-based human rights mechanisms and bodies’ he adds.
In our new Working Paper The United Nations Treaty Bodies in a Transition Period – Progress Review, Professor Olivier de Frouville shares his own views on the work of UN treaty bodies during the period running from March to December 2020.
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The 2021 Annual Conference will discuss the connectivity between national human rights actors and the Geneva-based international mechanisms.
This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, analyses the main international and regional norms governing the international protection of refugees. It notably examines the sources of international refugee law, including the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, and their interaction with human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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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.
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The Treaty Body Members’ Platform connects experts in UN treaty bodies with each other as well as with Geneva-based practitioners, academics and diplomats to share expertise, exchange views on topical questions and develop synergies.
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.
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