UN agencies and programmes: supporting implementation

In April 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway in cooperation with the Universal Rights Group (URG), convened an inaugural meeting of bilateral and multilateral development partners in Oslo to discuss how international cooperation could be better leveraged to support the national implementation of international human rights obligations and commitments. On year later, in May 2019, a second meeting of development partners was organised in Stockholm by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden and the Swedish Agency for International Development Cooperation (Sida), together with URG. This meeting was known as ‘Oslo+1’.

The Oslo+ meetings aim to provide a space for development partners to share information on new policies and practices designed to better leverage official development assistance (ODA) and wider international cooperation to help States implement their international human rights obligations and commitments. Participants also share views and good practice on supporting human rights implementation as a key contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ‘leaving no one behind,’ and to the Secretary-General’s ‘prevention agenda.’ Finally participants also share information on latest developments in the evolution of ‘rights-based approaches’ to development, and in the empirical measurement of human rights change and impact.

URG published reports (respecting the Chatham House rule) after each Oslo+ meeting.

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