At 75 years old, global survey indicates that the UN has plenty of room for growth on the human rights agenda

by Tess Kidney Bishop, Universal Rights Group NYC Blog, Blog, Universal Rights Group NYC

This year, the United Nations turns 75. Secretary-General António Gutteres has made clear that the anniversary should not simply be about celebrating the UN’s successes but a ‘global reality check’ focused on listening to the public. So, it is being marked with a global consultation on international cooperation and the priorities of the world’s citizens, as well as a series …

Human rights and the UN Charter: NGOs made the difference

by Felice Gaer, Director, AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights Blog, Blog, By invitation

June 26, 2020 At the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, there is a plaque on the wall of the Garden Room that reads: 25 April – 26 June 1945 In this room met the Consultants of forty-two national organizations assigned to the United States Delegation at the Conference on International Organizations in which the United Nations Charter was drafted. Their …

China and the UN’s human protection agenda

by Rosemary Foot, Senior Research Fellow in International Relations at the University of Oxford Blog, Blog, By invitation, Instituciones, procesos y mecanismos de derechos humanos internacionales

In 1999, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan famously drew attention to what he saw as a core feature of the late twentieth century – a reinterpretation of State sovereignty. As he put it: ‘When we read the Charter today, we are more than ever conscious that its aim is to protect individual human beings, not to protect those who abuse them.’ …

El veredicto de URG sobre el “Llamado a la acción” del Secretario General de la ONU: una oportunidad perdida

by Marc Limon, Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group Blog, Blog, Más allá del Consejo

El lunes 24 de febrero, el primer día de la 43ª sesión del Consejo de Derechos Humanos (CDH43) , el Secretario General de la ONU, António Guterres, lanzó un nuevo “Llamado a la acción por los derechos humanos” . Rumores de un “anuncio importante” del Secretario General circulaban desde fines del año pasado, y el propio Guterres los confirmó en un discurso de apertura ante la Asamblea General el 22 de enero. En esa ocasión, el Secretario …

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 …

Derechos humanos en una ONU reformada

Este proyecto permitirá a URG continuar su trabajo pionero sobre el apoyo y el seguimiento de la ONU a la implementación nacional de las normas universales de derechos humanos, incluyendo a través de la reforma del trabajo del Consejo bajo el item 10 de su agenda y el proceso de Oslo +; y vincular esto con la reforma en curso …

La Estrategia y Plan de Acción de la ONU contra el discurso de odio: combatiendo a la discriminación, la hostilidad y la violencia

by Rodrigo Saad, former Universal Rights Group - NYC Blog, Blog, Universal Rights Group NYC

“El discurso de odio es un desafío a que ningún país está inmune”, afirmó Adama Dieng, Asesor Especial para la Prevención del Genocidio, en el evento de lanzamiento de la Estrategia y Plan de Acción de la ONU sobre el Discurso de Odio . La estrategia para el sistema ONU fue lanzada en un contexto de niveles crecientes de xenofobia, racismo e intolerancia de manera general en todo el mundo. Esta tendencia ha sido amplificada por …

UN peace and security reform: an update

by URG-NYC Team Blog, Blog, Más allá del Consejo, Universal Rights Group NYC

This post is the third in a series of blogs produced by the URG-NYC team to take stock of the implementation of the UN reforms, which were adopted in the past 18 months. This post covers reforms to the peace and security pillar.  Objectives All of the reforms are intended, to varying degrees, to modernise the UN, to streamline and …

UN management system reform: an update

by URG-NYC Team Blog, Blog, Más allá del Consejo, Universal Rights Group NYC

This post is the second in a series of blogs produced by the URG-NYC team to take stock of the implementation of the UN reforms, which were adopted in the past 18 months, and provides an update on perhaps the most opaque series of reforms: changes to the UN management system. Objectives All of the reforms are intended, to varying …

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 …