Launch of the Pacific Principles for National Mechanisms for Implementation, Reporting, and Follow-up (NMIRFs)
Around the world, efforts are underway to give meaning to the global human rights implementation agenda and to move away from the ad hoc approach to monitoring and reporting of human rights obligations that has marked the previous decades towards a more sustained and integrated engagement with the UN (and regional) human rights mechanisms. The reporting burden emanating from this increased engagement is acutely felt in the Pacific where human and financial resources are limited and competing priorities many.
The Pacific Principles evolved out of this context and are a set of guiding principles for the establishment and strengthening of NMIRFs that have been drafted and endorsed by Pacific Island States. They are based on regional collective challenges and best practices in regard to the implementation of human rights (and the SDGs) that were identified at the Nadi Dialogue in 2019. Whilst recognising that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach the Principles outline common roles, responsibilities, technologies and practices that states worldwide can draw upon for their development of their own NMIRF.
On Friday 3rd July 2020, the Permanent Missions of Fiji and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, with the support of the Universal Rights Group (URG) and the Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) of the SPC officially launched the Pacific Principles in a hybrid event hosted at the Permanent Mission of Australia in Geneva and online via the Zoom digital platform.
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