Ms. Fatou Camara Houel is the Coordinator of the Voluntary Technical Assistance Trust Fund to Support the Participation of Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States in the work of the Human Rights Council, administered by the Human Council Branch of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner…

Is the US giving the Human Rights Council the cold shoulder?

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Ms. Fatou Camara Houel is the Coordinator of the Voluntary Technical Assistance Trust Fund to Support the Participation of Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States in the work of the Human Rights Council, administered by the Human Council Branch of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner…

In November 2018, URG published a blog post entitled "Is the US flirting with the Human Rights Council?", reflecting on the mercurial behavior of the US toward the Council. After the US left the Council in June, former Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley called it "the UN's greatest failure."…

The Arc of the Covenant: The unfinished business of UN efforts to combat religious intolerance

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Ms. Fatou Camara Houel is the Coordinator of the Voluntary Technical Assistance Trust Fund to Support the Participation of Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States in the work of the Human Rights Council, administered by the Human Council Branch of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner…

In November 2018, URG published a blog post entitled "Is the US flirting with the Human Rights Council?", reflecting on the mercurial behavior of the US toward the Council. After the US left the Council in June, former Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley called it "the UN's greatest failure."…

A 'Lost Covenant' The combating of religious discrimination is one of the oldest thematic topics of discussion within the UN human rights system. Originally bound closely with discussions on racial discrimination, particularly in the context of resurgent anti-Semitism in the aftermath of World War 2, it harks back to the…

Human rights and the 2030 Agenda: Leveraging synergies to achieve the SDGs

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Ms. Fatou Camara Houel is the Coordinator of the Voluntary Technical Assistance Trust Fund to Support the Participation of Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States in the work of the Human Rights Council, administered by the Human Council Branch of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner…

In November 2018, URG published a blog post entitled "Is the US flirting with the Human Rights Council?", reflecting on the mercurial behavior of the US toward the Council. After the US left the Council in June, former Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley called it "the UN's greatest failure."…

A 'Lost Covenant' The combating of religious discrimination is one of the oldest thematic topics of discussion within the UN human rights system. Originally bound closely with discussions on racial discrimination, particularly in the context of resurgent anti-Semitism in the aftermath of World War 2, it harks back to the…

On 16 January, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the Human Rights Council will convene an inter-sessional meeting on the interlinkages between human rights and sustainable development, and on how States can harness the complementarities of international human rights obligations and the SDG commitments to power progress in both areas.…

ICC States Parties give hope to supporters of humanitarian intervention and the ‘Responsibility to Protect’

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Ms. Fatou Camara Houel is the Coordinator of the Voluntary Technical Assistance Trust Fund to Support the Participation of Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States in the work of the Human Rights Council, administered by the Human Council Branch of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner…

In November 2018, URG published a blog post entitled "Is the US flirting with the Human Rights Council?", reflecting on the mercurial behavior of the US toward the Council. After the US left the Council in June, former Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley called it "the UN's greatest failure."…

A 'Lost Covenant' The combating of religious discrimination is one of the oldest thematic topics of discussion within the UN human rights system. Originally bound closely with discussions on racial discrimination, particularly in the context of resurgent anti-Semitism in the aftermath of World War 2, it harks back to the…

On 16 January, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the Human Rights Council will convene an inter-sessional meeting on the interlinkages between human rights and sustainable development, and on how States can harness the complementarities of international human rights obligations and the SDG commitments to power progress in both areas.…

On 17 July 2018, the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction over the ‘crime of aggression’ - its fourth ‘core’ crime - was formally activated. This followed the historic decision of States Parties to the Rome Statute on 15 December last year to adopt a resolution amending the instrument. Although States Parties…

The UDHR and universal participation at the Human Rights Council: Two sides of the same coin ?

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The Inside Track: concise information and political insight on upcoming sessions of the Human Rights Council and the 3rd Committee of the General Assembly

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The u2018Inside Tracku2019 isu00a0anu00a0information tool for delegates and other stakeholders at the UN Human Rights Council (Council), produced by the Universal Rights Group (URG), with the support of the Permanent Mission of Singapore. u2018The Inside Tracku2019 is designed to provide concise information and political insight on upcoming sessions of the Council. It is conceived to be of particular use to small State delegations, however it is our hope that u2018The Inside Tracku2019 will prove to be a helpful tool for all stakeholders. In this respect, u2018The Inside Tracku2019 represents a contribution to wider efforts to strengthen engagement with, and understanding about, the Council and its important work.

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  • Trust Funds u2013 information on the Councilu2019s trust fund to support the participation and engagement of LDCs and SIDS.
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URG and the Permanent Mission of Singapore hope that u2018The Inside Tracku2019 will be useful to delegations and civil society, as they continue their important work to promote and protect human rights around the world. URG and the Permanent Mission of Singapore would warmly welcome comments and feedback on this tool, with a view to further improving it in the future.

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Since October 2018, URG NYC has also started to publish an UNGA-3C Inside Track. The aim of the New York edition of this URG tool is to provide helpful information and insight into the upcoming session of the General Assemblyu2019s 3rd Committee.