Human Rights Council Strengthening Conference
The Permanent Missions of Latvia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Rwanda, and the United Kingdom with the support of the Universal Rights Group hosted an informal one-day conference on ‘Human Rights Council strengthening.
The sponsors of this conference believe that as the Council approaches its 12th anniversary, there is a need to undertake a Geneva-based, inclusive, cross-regional process of reflection and structured dialogue, focused on the Council’s working methods, efficiency, effectiveness, and impact. This should include discussions around how the Council could take further steps towards the fulfilment of its mandate and purpose, as set down in GA resolution 60/251, and how the body might be further enhanced and strengthened.
That does not mean root and branch reform based on a premise that the Council is fundamentally failing. It is not. Rather, it means pursuing evidence-based improvements in a number of specific areas where the experience of the past 12 years suggest the Council could do better.
The conference on 1st December 2017 was designed to provide an open platform to exchange views on the question of Human Rights Council strengthening.