Catarina de Albuquerque joins URG Board

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13th October 2014, Geneva The Universal Rights Group (URG) is pleased to announce that Catarina de Albuquerque, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to safe drinking water and sanitation, has joined its Board of Trustees. The URG Board sets the overall strategic direction of the organisation and guarantees its independence and integrity. De Albuquerque is the first UN Special …

URG announces new Economist Intelligence Unit global survey on corporate respect for human rights

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13th October 2014, Geneva An alliance of organisations, of which the Universal Rights Group is part, has commissioned The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to carry out a global programme of research to build understanding of business awareness, commitment and progress regarding human rights. As part of the research, the EIU will survey over 750 businesses (including major multinationals and SMEs) …

Chair of Coordination Committee presented with URG-Brookings Institution report on the future of the Special Procedures

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9th April 2014, Washington DC Ted Piccone from the Brookings Institution (pictured, right) today presented a copy ofthe new URG-Brookings Institution policy report on Special Procedures to the Chair of the Coordination Committee, Professor Chaloka Beyani. The policy report, entitled ‘ Special Procedures: Determinants of Influence ‘ analyses the emergence and the contemporary effectiveness of the UN’s system of independent human rights experts, and presents …

As number of Special Rapporteur mandates passes the 50 mark, new study highlights need for renewed support and reform

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Wednesday 19th March 2014, Geneva The United Nations’ (UN) independent human rights experts – otherwise known as ‘Special Procedures’ – are considered by many to be, in the words of then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the ‘crown jewel’ of the international human rights system. From their first appearance in 1967 when the Commission on Human Rights established an Ad Hoc …

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New Human Rights Think Tank Opens its Doors

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20th January 2014, Geneva The Universal Rights Group (URG), a new think tank focused on international human rights policy, was officially launched on 20 January 2014 in the presence of over one hundred and twenty human rights policy-makers, including around fifty Permanent Representatives and ambassadors, senior UN officials from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International …

A message from the Chair

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I am delighted to mark the start of 2014 by introducing Geneva’s new human rights think tank: the Universal Rights Group (URG). The URG is a small, independent think tank dedicated to analysing and strengthening global human rights policy. It is the only such institution in Geneva and the only think tank in the world focusing exclusively on human rights. …

Universal Rights Group begins work

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2nd April 2013, Geneva The Universal Rights Group (URG), a new policy think tank dedicated to international human rights, began work on 2nd April 2013 after moving into its new offices in Versoix, Switzerland. The past decade has seen enormous change both in terms of the centrality of human rights within the United Nations (UN) and in terms of the …