Reinvesting in rights: Why the next US administration must prioritize multilateralism to protect human rights

by Grace Anderson, Stanford University Ford Fellow in Philanthropy Blog, Blog, By invitation, New York City

October 21, 2020 Over the past four years, the Trump Administration has slowly abdicated its role as a leader in multilateralism and as one of the top promoters of human rights at the UN specifically. At this year’s UN General Assembly (UNGA), President Donald Trump touted a narrow view of human rights, citing priorities of “religious liberty, opportunity for women, the …

What are the world’s human rights priorities in 2020, and what to look out for in 2021?

by Danica Damplo, Universal Rights Group NYC Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Blog, Blog, New York City, Universal Rights Group NYC

Human rights analysis of high-level speeches during the general debate of the UN General Assembly Each fall, world leaders descend upon New York to speak at the general debate of the UN General Assembly (GA). This year, because of the COVID-19  pandemic , world leaders were invited to send in pre-recorded videos of their speeches which were broadcast ‘as live.’ The …

Informe del Secretario General de la ONU coloca a los derechos humanos en el centro de la respuesta al COVID-19

by Danica Damplo, Universal Rights Group NYC Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Blog, Blog, New York City

Hoy, el Secretario General (SG) de la ONU Antonio Guterres lanzó un informe sobre cómo los derechos humanos pueden y deben guiar la respuesta a y recuperación del coronavirus. El informe debe ser leído conjuntamente con el “ Llamado a la acción por los derechos humanos” del SG (lanzado en febrero) y otros informes y declaraciones del SG relacionados con la pandemia de COVID-19, incluidos …

¿Para qué están los amigos?: “Grupos de amigos” y el sistema ONU

by David Joseph Deutch, Universal Rights Group NYC Blog, Blog, Más allá del Consejo, New York City, Universal Rights Group NYC

Surgido en el período posterior a la Guerra Fría, el concepto de “Grupos de Amigos” representaba una fe y creencia recién descubiertas en el poder del multilateralismo como un medio para la resolución global de problemas. Los Grupos de Amigos son coaliciones de Estados Miembros de las Naciones Unidas (ONU), que se unen para promover y actualizar objetivos y resultados …

‘Cuando las armas callan’: el Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU debate sobre Justicia Transicional

by Danica Damplo, Universal Rights Group NYC Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Blog, Blog, New York City, Universal Rights Group NYC

El 13 de febrero, el Consejo de Seguridad celebró su primer debate sobre Justicia Transicional como una cuestión temática, con Estados de todas las regiones ofreciendo informaciones de primera mano y pidiendo a la ONU que desempeñe un papel de apoyo. Bélgica, que preside el Consejo de Seguridad durante el mes de febrero, inició y presidió el debate abierto sobre …

Report on the 74th session of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly

by URG-NYC Team Blog, Blog, New York City, Universal Rights Group NYC

Quick summary During the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the Third Committee, the UNGA Committee tasked with addressing human rights issues and concerns, ran from 1 October 2019 through 21 November 2019, at UN Headquarters in New York. This year’s Third Committee featured presentations by a number of senior UN officials, including Ms. Michelle Bachelet, the High …

Prevention first and foremost: speaking at the UN General Assembly, the High Commissioner and HRC President highlight cross-cutting human rights work

by Danica Damplo, Universal Rights Group NYC Blog, Blog, Más allá del Consejo, New York City, Universal Rights Group NYC

As part of the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly, the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the President of the Human Rights Council (Council) gave statements to the Third Committee at UN Headquarters in New York City and engaged in an interactive dialogue with member States. These interactions provided an opportunity for a discussion of cross-cutting human rights …

yourHRC.org: innovative online platform designed to strengthen the visibility, relevance and impact of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC).

How can yourHRC.org help voting States navigate the upcoming Human Rights Council elections?

by Grace Kennedy, former Universal Rights Group NYC Blog, Blog, New York City, Universal Rights Group NYC

When it was established in 2006, the Human Rights Council (Council) was given the mandate to ‘promote universal respect for the protection of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all.’ In order to assist the Council in realising this mandate, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Universal Rights Group (URG) launched yourHRC.org , an innovative online tool designed …

What are the world’s human rights priorities in 2019, and what to look out for in 2020?

by Grace Kennedy, former Universal Rights Group NYC and Danica Damplo, Universal Rights Group NYC Blog, Blog, Más allá del Consejo, New York City, Universal Rights Group NYC

Human rights analysis of high level speeches during the general debate of the UN General Assembly Each fall, the world leaders descend upon New York to speak at the general debate of the UN General Assembly (GA). The world’s presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers, and assorted dignitaries are allotted fifteen minutes each to discuss the global crises and trends that …

UN Development System reforms: an update

by URG-NYC Team Blog, Blog, New York City, Universal Rights Group NYC

On 31 May 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 72/279 , accepting measures for change along the lines of the Secretary General’s recommendations and setting in motion one of the most comprehensive reforms of the UN Development System (UNDS) to date. This post provides an update on these reforms and is the first in a series of blogs produced …