Glion Human Rights Dialogue 2014
On 13th-14th May 2014, the Governments of Norway and Switzerland, supported by the Universal Rights Group, hosted a high-level two-day retreat in Glion, Switzerland, designed to provide an open platform for dialogue and freshthinking on the future of the international human rights system.
The title of the 2014 Glion Human Rights Dialogue was: The Future of the OHCHR and the UN Human Rights Pillar: The Next 20 Years.
The Glion Human Rights Dialogue provided a platform for representatives of key parts of the international human rights system – such as states, OHCHR, Special Procedure mandate-holders and members of Treaty Bodies, and NGOs – to brainstorm in an informal setting about the key challenges facing the system and how best to overcome them.
The Glion Human Rights Dialogue was a ‘retreat-style’ event that brought together over 60 key human rights practitioners and thinkers, and providedan optimal atmosphere for honest and frank exchange, and new and innovative thinking. The meeting was held under ‘Chatham House’ rules.
The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Navi Pillay, took part in the high-level panel on day one. Her opening remarks on “The Future of the OHCHR and the UN Human Rights System” are available here.
On 4th September, the Governments of Norway and Switzerland, together with the Universal Rights Group, presented a report on ‘Reflections on the future of the UN human rights pillar‘ containing ideas and proposals generated during the 2014 Glion Human Rights Dialogue. The report looks ahead to the 10th anniversary of the Human Rights Council and offers thoughts on how the international human rights system might be strengthened in the years to come.
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