In the context of our Academic Platform on Treaty Body Review 2020, an academic process contributing to the 2020 review of UN treaty bodies by the General Assembly (GA), Columbia University in the city of New York hosted the regional consultation for North America and the English speaking Caribbean on 1-2 June 2017.
Participating academics, NGO representatives and treaty body (TB) members focused on the meaning of the TB system in politically challenging times and examined possibilities for improving the impact of TB processes that are achievable under current mandates and without additional GA resolutions.
The meeting concluded with calls for stronger collaboration within the system and a principled reinforcement of the insistence on state obligations of reporting and implementation in line with the treaty missions of promoting and protection human rights.
The report of the consultation will be published shortly.
The Academic Platform on Treaty Body Review 2020 has an entirely new portal on our website, allowing visitors to easily access key information about this project, its documents, timeframe, regional consultations, annual conferences and the team.
The discussion notably showcased experiences and best practices, highlighted that a detailed analysis of how corruption violates human rights is lacking, and analysed a human rights-based approach to fight corruption. Panelists also stressed the need for more precise definitions and methodological approaches to counter human rights violations linked to acts of corruption.
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This course, ahead of the main UN Human Rights Council session, allows participants to develop their network and acquire the necessary skills to lead and perform effectively in this major forum for human rights diplomacy.
This project aims to support efforts to strengthen the promotion and protection of the rights of peasants, and in particular to provide expert support to the negotiations taking place at the Human Rights Council.
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.