The RightON web chat series will be back in September

by the URG team Blog, Blog, News, Press, URG News

The web chat on  Business, the Economy, and Livelihoods in a COVID-19 World  marked the last  ‘Right On’  online event before the summer break. The series will resume in September, at the pace of one online event per month. ‘While the series was originally developed to keep the human rights discussion going during the COVID-19 crisis, we decided – due to its success and the fact that it allowed us to …

Placing human rights at the heart of the UN’s prevention agenda would reduce suffering and save world governments over US$35 billion per year

by the URG team Blog, Blog, News, Press

UN efforts over the past thirty years to shift its approach to crises and conflicts from reaction to prevention have largely failed for two main reasons, according to a new report by the Universal Rights Group (URG) think tank. First, because it is far easier for world governments to invest political and financial capital in responding to humanitarian disasters (especially …

Nuevo informe de políticas públicas demuestra el impacto de la corrupción en los derechos humanos

by the URG team Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, News, Press, URG News

5 de junio de 2018 La corrupción tiene importantes implicaciones negativas, tanto directas como indirectas, en el disfrute de los derechos humanos y la realización de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible “sin dejar a nadie atrás”. Las conclusiones del nuevo informe de políticas públicas presentado en Ginebra el pasado 22 de mayo proporcionan a los responsables de formular políticas y otras partes interesadas una …

URG Latinoamérica es oficialmente constituida en Colombia

by Mariana Montoya Blog, News, Press, URG News

17 de mayo de 2018, Bogotá Uno de los propósitos principales de Universal Rights Group (URG) es generar un cambio tangible y un impacto real en terreno, en temas de derechos humanos relevantes y urgentes en todo el mundo. Teniendo esto en cuenta, en 2015, URG tomó la decisión de explorar la apertura de oficinas regionales en diferentes lugares, incluyendo …

Palabras del Presidente de URG

by URG Chair Press

En nombre de la Junta Directiva y del personal de Universal Rights Group, me gustaría expresar nuestra profunda conmoción y pesar por el fallecimiento de nuestra estimada miembro de la Junta Fundadora, Asma Jahangir. Asma había sido una importante fuente de orientación y sabiduría en nuestro trabajo durante los últimos cinco años. Ella también ha sido, por supuesto, una inspiración …

The Catalytic Role of Thematic Special Procedures on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

by Mariana Montoya Press, Uncategorized @lac

On 18th and 19th November, the Universal Rights Group (URG GVA & URG LAC) and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights of Columbia University (ISHR) hosted a two-day expert consultation at Columbia University. The meeting convened former Special Procedures mandate-holders on economic, social, and cultural rights; as well as key stakeholders of these mandates, including civil society representatives, …

Mapping and overcoming the risks, threats, and challenges faced by Environmental Human Rights Defenders in Latin America, with a particular focus on indigenous and rural defenders

by Mariana Montoya Press

On the 8th and 9th November, 2017, the URG Latin America, with the support of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, Professor John Knox and the International Union for Conservation of Nature – National Committee of the Netherlands (IUCN-N), convened a two-days regional consultation on the situation of environmental human rights defenders (EHRD) in Latin America. Around …

URG Board Member, Nazila Ghanea, addresses Human Rights Council during panel discussion on preventing violent extremism

by the URG team Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Press, URG News

On 17th March 2016, URG Board member Nazila Ghanea participated in the Human Rights Council “Panel discussion on preventing violent extremism,” alongside Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the UN; Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights; Gastón Garatea, Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and former Chair of the National Bureau for the Fight against Poverty; Mehreen …