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During the summer of 2016, the URG conducted a human rights-based assessment of the candidates competing to fill the post of UN Secretary-General. A new policy brief on: 'Candidates for the post of UN Secretary-General: where do they stand on human rights?’ presents an overview of the selection and appointment procedure of the UN Secretary-General, ...


Towards the third cycle of the UPR: stick or twist?

by Subhas Gujadhur and Marc Limon
In 2005, Heads of State meeting at the UN’s World Summit resolved to create the Human Rights Council and asked the President of the General ...

The Human Rights Council in 2015

2015 will be remembered for many important initiatives and developments, from the body’s work to support human rights in Sri Lanka to the creation of a ...

Human rights, climate change and cross-border displacement: the role of the international human rights community in contributing to effective and just solutions

by Jane McAdam (University of New South Wales) and Marc Limon (URG)
The links between climate change and human rights are more widely accepted than ever before. The Human Rights Council has adopted a series of resolutions ...

Glion Human Rights Dialogue 2015: the Human Rights Council at 10: improving relevance, strengthening impact

by the URG team
In 2006, member States took a significant step towards strengthening the human rights pillar of the United Nations by establishing, with General Assembly resolution 60/251, ...

URG Insights

The role of the next Secretary-General in revitalising the UN’s ‘neglected pillar’

by Marc Limon

This article originally appeared in New World magazine, published by the United Nations Association – UK (UNA-UK)Human rights – alongside peace and security, and development – constitutes one of the three pillars of the United Nations. Their interconnected nature is clear: without steps to promote and protect human rights, the international community will be unable ...

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The race to be Secretary-General: gender, regional balance and human rights

by Mariana Montoya

In January, a new UN Secretary-General will take over from Ban Ki-Moon. As described in URG’s recent policy brief: ‘Candidates for the post of Secretary-General: where do they stand on human rights?’ the selection process for the new Office-holder has been the most open and transparent since the founding of the UN. Although the formal ...

The Council’s impact on the ground: a view from Jakarta

by Caka A. Awal*

5th September 2016, Jakarta On 2nd August I landed back in Jakarta after three-and-a-half years with the Indonesian team at the Human Rights Council. As well as giving me time to readjust to life back home, the intervening weeks have given me time to reflect on the nature and extent of the ‘on the ground’ impact ...

Mapping global business opinions on human rights

by Marc Limon

The UN Human Rights Council endorsed the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in 2011. Though an important milestone, the debate continues on the scope, content, and legal status of companies’ responsibility to respect human rights asserted in those Principles. To gain closer insights into this debate, between 2014 and 2015, the Universal Rights ...

As the world ages, more must be done to protect the rights of older persons

by Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, United Nations Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons

The world is currently experiencing an unprecedented demographic revolution to an ageing population, and no regions are exempt. Globally, there are approximately 700 million persons aged 60 years old and over, and this figure will double by 2025. By 2050, older persons will constitute 20%of the global population—higher than it has ever been. In light ...

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