The United Nations System-wide Gender Parity Strategy sets targets for equal representation of men and women in the United Nations, and also advises on recruitment and retention practices. All secretariat units have developed their own implementation plans for the strategy, setting objectives for themselves to achieve parity at all levels.…

The human rights implications of the new UN Resident Coordinator system

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In 2017, Secretary General António Guterres unveiled extensive plans to reform the United Nations Development System (UNDS). His proposal, which coincides with parallel measures to restructure the UN’s peace and security architecture and revise its management paradigm, is part of a broader agenda to make prevention a cross-pillar priority. More…

High Commissioner discusses human rights, justice, and prevention at the Security Council

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On March 11th, at UN headquarters in New York City, High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet gave her first address to the Security Council in her capacity as High Commissioner for Human Rights. She spoke at an Arria-Formula meeting, on the topic of “human rights, accountability, and justice: contributions to international peace…

Is the US giving the Human Rights Council the cold shoulder?

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In November 2018, URG published a blog post entitled "Is the US flirting with the Human Rights Council?", reflecting on the mercurial behaviour of the US toward the Council. After the US left the Council in June, former Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley called it "the UN's greatest failure."…

Human rights and the 2030 Agenda: Leveraging synergies to achieve the SDGs

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On 16 January, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the Human Rights Council will convene an inter-sessional meeting on the interlinkages between human rights and sustainable development, and on how States can harness the complementarities of international human rights obligations and the SDG commitments to power progress in both areas.…

The Gender Parity Strategy and UN reforms

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High Commissioner discusses human rights, justice, and prevention at the Security Council

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