Human Rights Implications of Displacement in the Context of Disasters

by the URG team

Mar 20th 2014 @ 13:00 – 15:00 – This side event was co-hosted by the Universal Rights Group, the Nansen Initiative, Norway, Costa Rica and Switzerland during the 25th session of the Human Rights Council. Speakers included H.E. Ambassador Alexandre Fasel (Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations in Geneva), H.E. Ambassador Manuel Dengo (Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United […]

Joint UK launch of URG and Routledge Handbook of International Human Rights Law

by the URG team

Apr 1st 2014 @ 18:00 – 20:00 – This event marking the URG’s official UK launch will be attended by representatives of High Commissions, NGOs, academia and the URG Board. The event also marks the London launch of The Routledge Handbook of International Human Rights Law, edited by Professor Sir Nigel Rodley and Scott Sheeran, which  provides the definitive global survey of the discipline of international […]

The outcome of the treaty body strengthening process: Lessons learnt, implications and implementation

by the URG team

May 9th 2014 @ 9:30 – 13:00 – On 9th May 2014, the Permanent Missions of Switzerland, Poland, Ireland, Morocco, South Korea together with the Universal Rights Group and the Geneva Academy organised an panel meeting on ‘the outcome of the Treaty Body strengthening process: lessons learnt, implications and implementation’. Around a hundred and ten representatives from UN Permanent Missions, international governmental organisations and […]

Glion Human Rights Dialogue 2014

by the URG team

May 13th 2014 – May 14th 2014 @ 9:00 – 13:00 – 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 […]

Press Breakfast: 26th Session of the Human Rights Council

by the URG team

Jun 5th 2014 @ 8:30 – 10:00 – On 5th June, URG held a second pre-HRC press breakfast in partnership with the Association des Correspondents Auprès des Nations Unies (ACANU). The breakfast was attended by around 20 journalists from all regions of the world, together with the Permanent Representatives of Mexico, Uruguay, the EU and the UK, and the Deputy Permanent Representative of […]

Side Event: Last 4 Presidents of the Human Rights Council discuss the Post-2015 Development Agenda

by the URG team

Jun 13th 2014 @ 13:00 – 15:00 – On 13th June from 13h00 to 15h00, URG Executive Director Marc Limon moderated a notable first in the history of the Human Rights Council: a Council side event bringing together the current and previous three Presidents of the Human Rights Council. The Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights also made an intervention. The event was […]

Reflections on the future of the UN’s human rights pillar

by the URG team

Sep 4th 2014 @ 15:00 – 18:30 – On Thursday, 4th September 2014, the Governments of Norway and Switzerland, supported by Universal Rights Group, held a panel discussion on “Reflections on the future of the UN’s human rights pillar,” followed by a reception. The event was attended by around 90 ambassadors, diplomats, NGOs, UN officials and academics. The event offered an opportunity for […]

Midterm Progress Reports and National Mechanisms for the Follow-up of UPR Recommendations

by the URG team

Sep 18th 2014 @ 0:00 – 14:00 – On Thursday 18th September, the Governments of the Kingdom of Morocco and the United Kingdom hosted this side-event, “Midterm Progress Reports and National Mechanisms for the Follow-up of UPR Recommendations”, in partnership with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Permanent Mission of Mexico, the Permanent Mission of Thailand, the Permanent Mission […]

Ambassador/CEO reception on Business and Human Rights

by the URG team

Dec 2nd 2014 @ 18:30 – 20:00 – On Tuesday 2nd December, on the occasion of the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, the UK Mission to the UN in Geneva held a reception at the UK Ambassador’s residence for ambassadors and business executives, jointly sponsored by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Economist Group and the Universal Rights Group. Monica […]

Policy Dialogue: The operation of the Human Rights Council – how to better deliver on its mandate

by the URG team

Feb 9th 2015 @ 9:00 – 13:00 – This event, in the “The Human Rights Council at 10 – improving relevance, strengthening impact” series, was held at the Permanent Mission of Mexico. In 2006, member states took a significant step in strengthening human rights as one of the three pillars of the United Nations and established (with General Assembly resolution 60/251) the Human Rights […]