URG Policy Platform: From Religious Dialogue to Human Rights, Particularly Women and Children’s Rights

by the URG team

Feb 18th 2015 @ 9:00 – 18:00 – Debates on the relationship between religion and human rights at international, regional and national level often display a remarkable degree of misunderstanding and obfuscation. This lack of clarity has, on many occasions, led to the claim that certain tenets of major global religions are inherently incompatible with universal human rights. While in some parts of […]

Policy Dialogue: Strengthening the Human Rights Council’s relevance and impact on-the-ground

by the URG team

Feb 19th 2015 @ 9:00 – 13:15 – This event, in the “The Human Rights Council at 10 – improving relevance, strengthening impact” series, was held at the Permanent Mission of Thailand. 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 […]

4th URG-ACANU Pre-Council Press breakfast, with selected ambassadors and members of the Geneva press corps

by the URG team

Feb 27th 2015 @ 9:00 – 10:15 – On Friday, 27th February 2015, the URG held its fourth pre-Council 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 Ambassadors and Permanant Representatives of three Human Rights Council delegations. The meeting focused […]

Climate Change and Human Rights: the way forward in the Human Rights Council

by the URG team

Mar 6th 2015 @ 13:00 – 15:00 – The Universal Rights Group, with the Geneva Climate Change Concertation Group (GeCCco), the Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change and Human Rights (GIF), and further NGOs concerned about the impact of climate change on human rights, cordially invite you to a side event to the 28th session of the HRC. While the direct impact of climate […]

Protecting Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Religion or Belief for All: Enhancing Efforts to Consolidate and Implement HRC Resolution 16/18

by the URG team

Mar 10th 2015 @ 16:30 – 18:00 – Challenges to the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief, as well as rising religious intolerance and discrimination, increasingly threaten the ability of people around the world to enjoy their basic human rights. Recent events starkly demonstrate the urgent need for the international community to comprehensively address this issue. All people, […]

Religion-based reservations to the core human rights conventions and what they tell us about human rights, universality, religion and belief in the 21st Century

by the URG team

Mar 12th 2015 @ 13:00 – 14:30 – Side event to the 28th session of the Human Rights Council, hosted by the Permanent Missions of Germany, Norway and Tunisia, together with the Universal Rights Group. Reservations to the core human rights conventions, made at the time of ratification, are often tabled based on concerns about the degree to which certain provisions of those […]

Ensuring relevance, driving impact: The evolution and future of the United Nations Human Rights resolution system

by the URG team

Apr 20th 2015 @ 12:30 – 15:00 – Article 13 of the Charter of the United Nations tasks the General Assembly, among other responsibilities, with ‘assisting in the realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion.’ This is the mandate of the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural (Third) Committee of the United Nations General […]

Policy Dialogue: The Human Rights Council’s relationship with the wider UN system, including addressing the mandate-resource gap

by the URG team

Apr 24th 2015 @ 12:30 – 14:45 – This event, in the “The Human Rights Council at 10 – improving relevance, strengthening impact” series, was hosted in the Morocco Room by the Permanent Mission of Morocco.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 […]

Glion Human Rights Dialogue 2015

by the URG team

May 5th 2015 – May 6th 2015 @ 9:30 – 13:30 – “The Human Rights Council at 10: Improving relevance, strengthening impact” 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 Council as the UN’s apex human rights body. Since then the Council has […]