COP22 begins in Marrakech – UN leaders call for human rights principles to guide implementation of Paris Agreement

by H.E. Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gómez, Marc Limon, Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group, Olivia Bebe and the URG team Blog, By invitation, Contemporary and emerging human rights issues

7th November 2016, Geneva The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) begins today in Marrakech, Morocco. After the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change on 4 November this year, the Marrakech meeting will also represent the first Meeting of the Parties to the Paris …

Report on the 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council

by the URG team URG Human Rights Council Reports

Quick summary  The 33rd regular session of the Human Rights Council (HRC33) was held from 13 September to 30 September 2016. At the opening of the session, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, gave his regular update on the global human rights situation. A number of high-level dignitaries delivered statements during HRC33, including: Mr Evo …

URG holds third global media HRC engagement programme

by the URG team URG News

During the last week of the 33rd session of the Council, the URG, with the support of the Government of Germany and the Canton of Geneva, brought 11 journalists – from Albania, Argentina, Burundi, DRC, Dominican Republic, Maldives, Rwanda, Slovenia, Thailand, United States, and Venezuela – to Geneva to follow developments, especially during voting.  During their time in Geneva, the journalists …