Luncheon Policy Dialogue on ‘New York perspectives on the General Assembly’s 2021-2026 review of the Human Rights Council’s status’

by URG-NYC Team

May 9th 2019 @ 13:15 – 14:30 – The Permanent Missions of Iceland to the UN in New York and Geneva, together with the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the UN and the Universal Rights Group (URG NY) will host a luncheon on “‘New York perspectives on the General Assembly’s 2021-2026 review of the Human Rights Council’s status” on Thursday May 9th. The […]

Oslo+1 meeting on international support for the national implementation of international human rights obligations and recommendations

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May 10th 2019 @ All Day – On 10th May the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden and SIDA, in cooperation with the Universal Rights Group will organise an informal meeting of development partners on how international cooperation can support national implementation of international human rights obligations and commitments. This will be the second informal meeting on the subject, following the inaugural […]

The Glion Human Rights Dialogue 2019 (‘Glion VI’): 'Towards 2026 – Perspectives on the future of the Human Rights Council'

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May 27th 2019 – May 28th 2019 @ 12:30 – 13:00 – The Glion Human Rights Dialogue is a retreat bringing together around sixty senior policy-makers and other stakeholders in an informal, non-attributable setting designed to promote open, forward-looking and solutions-oriented debate. This year’s Dialogue, which is organised by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the URG, in partnership with the Permanent Missions of Botswana, Fiji, Iceland, Mexico, […]

UN reforms and human rights: a civil society dialogue

by URG-NYC Team

May 30th 2019 @ 13:00 – 14:30 – The purpose of this (Chatham House Rules) policy dialogue is to give civil society representatives the opportunity to receive an update on the UN reforms, with a particular focus on the development system, and to consider implications and opportunities for human rights work. The Secretary General’s reforms focus on three key areas: management (secretariat), as […]

Measuring what Matters: HRMI 2019 Global Human Rights Data Launch

by URG-NYC Team

Jun 6th 2019 @ 12:00 – 13:00 – Universal Rights Group New York, the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI), and the UN Foundation are cosponsoring the global launch of: – The 2019 HRMI Human Rights Country Reports – HRMI Human Rights Data Portal – The URG-HRMI collaborative paper: “Is the global situation of human rights improving or deteriorating? Making the case for empirical […]

Reconciling the right to non-discrimination and freedom of religion

by the URG team

Jun 10th 2019 – Jun 11th 2019 @ 9:30 – 12:30 – The rights to religious freedom and equality are increasingly under challenge globally. In a number of countries, religious precepts are promoted by laws, policies and state sanctioned practices in ways that constitute de facto violations of other freedoms, particularly those of women and girls, and the human rights of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) […]

NGO Roundtable – Measuring global human rights trends and the impact of the global human rights system

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Jun 17th 2019 @ 0:00 – Commentary on the worldwide human rights situation is often characterised by assertions of an unfoldin ghuman rights crisis in much of the developing world, and back-sliding in some of the world’s major democracies. Clearly human rights violations are far too commonplace in all parts of the world, and we have a long way to go […]

Strengthening of Special Procedures mechanism and its on-the-ground impact

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Jul 3rd 2019 @ 12:30 – 14:00 –   The UN’s independent human rights experts – 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. Today, the UN boasts 56 separate Special Procedures mandates (and 80 mandate holders) covering a wide-range of thematic […]

Glion VI report launch and discussion

by Geneva

Sep 4th 2019 @ 13:00 – 14:30 – The Glion VI retreat and its preparatory policy dialogues, was focused on the topic: ‘Towards 2026: Perspectives on the future of the Human Rights Council.’ Glion VI provided a platform for UN member States, the President of the Human Rights Council, senior UN officials (including the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Assistant […]

Climate change and human rights: what's next to boost ambition?

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Sep 13th 2019 @ 8:30 – 10:00 – Ahead of the 23 September 2019 UN climate action summit to boost ambition and accelerate climate action and in the context of the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council, the Permanent Mission of the Marshall Islands as president of the Climate Vulnerable Forum and in cooperation with the Universal Rights Group, OHCHR, Aroha, and […]