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.…

High Commissioner speaks to the Security Council on human rights in Haiti

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On April 3rd the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, addressed the Security Council on the “Human Rights Situation in Haiti.”  She marked the progress made so far on human rights, highlighted areas of persistent violations, and advised on how the Security Council can strengthen the rule of law,…

How to operationalize the Council’s prevention mandate, and where does it fit within the Secretary-General’s UN ‘prevention agenda’?

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The following blog is based on a presentation given by Marc Limon, URG Executive Director, during the final panel discussion of the 9-10 April Council inter-sessional meeting, held at the Palais des Nations (UN) pursuant to Council resolution 38/18. The Human Rights Council (Council) this week convened a first inter-sessional…

The Emergence and Coming of Age of National Mechanisms for Implementation, Reporting and Follow-up

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One of the most promising yet least-studied and least-understood developments for the universal human rights ‘project’ (as Sir Nigel Rodley coined it) is the emergence and early development over the past three or four years of so-called ‘national mechanisms for implementation, reporting and follow-up’ (NMIRFs). These standing bodies, which usually…

Report on the 40th session of the Human Rights Council

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Quick summary The 40th regular session of the Human Rights Council (HRC40) was held from Monday 25 February to Friday 22 March 2019. As it is the main annual session of the Council, HRC40 began with a High-Level Segment (HLS). The 2019 HLS included speeches by 97 State and other…

UN Development System Reforms: an Update

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The Inside Track: concise information and political insight on upcoming sessions of the Human Rights Council and the 3rd Committee of the General Assembly

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The u2018Inside Tracku2019 isu00a0anu00a0information tool for delegates and other stakeholders at the UN Human Rights Council (Council), produced by the Universal Rights Group (URG), with the support of the Permanent Mission of Singapore. u2018The Inside Tracku2019 is designed to provide concise information and political insight on upcoming sessions of the Council. It is conceived to be of particular use to small State delegations, however it is our hope that u2018The Inside Tracku2019 will prove to be a helpful tool for all stakeholders. In this respect, u2018The Inside Tracku2019 represents a contribution to wider efforts to strengthen engagement with, and understanding about, the Council and its important work.

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u2018The Inside Tracku2019 includes information on the following subjects:

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  • L numbers u2013 a list of the key draft resolutions and other texts expected to be tabled, together with their voting history.
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  • The Councilu2019s mechanisms u2013 information on Special Procedures due to report to and hold interactive dialogues with the Council; and on UPR outcome reports due for adoption.
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  • Trust Funds u2013 information on the Councilu2019s trust fund to support the participation and engagement of LDCs and SIDS.
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URG and the Permanent Mission of Singapore hope that u2018The Inside Tracku2019 will be useful to delegations and civil society, as they continue their important work to promote and protect human rights around the world. URG and the Permanent Mission of Singapore would warmly welcome comments and feedback on this tool, with a view to further improving it in the future.

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Since October 2018, URG NYC has also started to publish an UNGA-3C Inside Track. The aim of the New York edition of this URG tool is to provide helpful information and insight into the upcoming session of the General Assemblyu2019s 3rd Committee.