UNOG Events

United Nation Geneva events via the UNOG Calendar

CEDAW The Committee on the Elimination of ALL Forms of Discrimination against Women  –  meets in February  

Weblinks:  On WG  – Committee  –  Convention

WG Discrimination Against Women was established by the HRC in 2010  as there has been insufficient progress related to he Convention on the Elimination of ALL Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) which is often described as an international bill of rights for women. Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.

Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy     Normally held in February  > 28 February 2017

On the eve of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s main annual session, the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy will assemble hundreds of courageous dissidents and human rights victims, activists, and student leaders, in an adjacent parallel forum, to shine a spotlight on urgent human rights situations that require global attention.

The Geneva Summit is sponsored by a coalition of 20 human rights NGOs from around the world. This year’s event will build on the success and momentum of the previous gatherings, which have been widely acclaimed in the international human rights community.  Link              Registration

Human Rights Advisory Committee –  Normally meets in February  

The Human Rights Advisory Committee, composed of 18 experts, has been established to function as a think-tank for the Council and work at its direction. The Advisory Committee replaces the former Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Right.     

Weblinks: About  –  More

WG on Enforced & Involuntary Disappearances – WGEID          Normally meets in March

WGEID deals with individual cases of human rights violations on a purely humanitarian basis, irrespective of whether the Government concerned has ratified any of the existing legal instruments which provide for an individual complaints procedure. It acts essentially as a channel of communication between the families of disappeared persons and Governments, and has successfully developed a dialogue with the majority of Governments concerned with the aim of solving cases of disappearance.  Link

Universal Periodic Review WG – (UPR)

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR is a HRC driven process, which asseses the actions States have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfill their human rights obligations.The UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed. The ultimate aim of this mechanism is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur.

weblinks: UPR  –  UPR Basic Facts 

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – Sessions

The Human Rights Council holds no fewer than three regular sessions a year, for a total of at least ten weeks. They take place in March (four weeks), June (three weeks) and September (three weeks).

If one third of the Member States requests so, the Human Rights Council can decide at any time to hold a special session to address human rights violations and emergencies.

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL  March Session

Issues: right to food, adequate housing, arbitrary detention, freedom of religion or belief, enforced or involuntary disappearances, torture, minorities, environment, human rights defenders, Internally Displaced Persons, counter-terrorism and violence against children. Many progress reports from HC reports from WGs.

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WSIS Forum – World Summit on the Information Society        Normally held in May

ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP welcome all WSIS Stakeholders to the WSIS Forum 2013. The WSIS Forum 2013 will be hosted by ITU and will take place at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Remote Participation will be an integral component of the Forum details on both onsite and remote participation will be available soon. Onsite participants can network with each other using the imeetyouatWSISForum social networking platform.   Registration        About

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – 32nd session – 13 June to 1 July 2016

Item 3. Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development – Interactive dialogues

SR on the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health (HRC res. 24/6 and 26/18) • trafficking in persons, summary executions • Report of the SR on independence of judges and lawyers (HRC res. 25/4 and 26/7) • Report of the SR on the human rights of internally displaced persons (HRC res. 23/8) • Report of the SR on the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association (HRC res. 24/5) • Report of the SR on the right to education (HRC res. 8/4, 26/17 and 29/7) • Report of the SR on freedom of opinion and expression (HRC res. 25/2) • Report of the SR on summary executions (HRC res. 26/12) • Report of the SR on the human rights of migrants (HRC res. 26/19 and 29/2) • Report of the SR on trafficking in persons, especially in women and children (HRC res. 20/1 and 26/8)    • Report of the SR on violence against women (HRC res. 23/25 and 29/14) • Report of the SR on extreme poverty (HRC res. 17/13 and 26/3) • Report of the IE on human rights and international solidarity on regional consultations (HRC res. 26/6 and 29/3) • Report of the WG on discrimination against women (HRC res. 23/7, 26/5 and 29/4)  • Report of the WG on transnational corporations and human rights (HRC res. 17/4 and 26/22)

Other reports

• Final report of the HC on legal options and practical measures to improve access to remedy for victims of business-related human rights abuses (HRC res. 26/22)

• Compilation report of the HC on practical recommendations for the creation and maintenance of a safe and enabling environment for civil society, based on good practices and lessons learned (HRC res. 27/31)

• Report of the HC on the regulation of civilian acquisition, possession and use of firearms and its contribution to the protection of human rights (HRC res. 29/10

• Compilation report of the HC on best practices of efforts to counter the negative impact of corruption on the enjoyment of all human rights (HRC res. 29/11)

• Study of the OHCHR on the relationship between climate change and the human right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health (HRC res. 29/15)

• Summary report of the OHCHR on the panel discussion on the adverse impact of climate change on States’ efforts to progressively realize the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health and related policies, lessons learned and good practices, held at the 31st session (HRC res. 29/15)

• Summary report of the OHCHR on the panel discussion on the progress and challenges in addressing human rights issues in the context of efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030, held at the 31st session (HRC res. 30/8)

independence of judges and lawyers, migrants, transnational corporations, violence against women, , effects of foreign debt, , freedom of expression, cultural rights and right to truth. Many progress reports from HC reports from WGs.

UNCTAD Public Symposium                  Normally held in June

The UNCTAD Public Symposium is an annual outreach event that provides a platform for participants from civil society, academia, the private sector, governments, parliaments, the media and inter-governmental organizations to discuss topics dominating the global political, trade and finance agenda in a frank and open manner. link

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – 33rd session – 13 to 30 September 2016

  • Report of the SR on the rights of indigenous peoples (HRC res. 24/9 and 30/4)
  • Report of the SR on contemporary forms of slavery (HRC res. 24/3)
  • Report of the SR on the management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes (HRC res. 18/11 and 27/23)
  •  Report of SR on human right to safe drinking water and sanitation (HRC res. 24/18 and 27/7)
  •  Report of the SR on truth, justice and reparation and guarantee of non-recurrence (HRC res. 18/7 and 27/3)
  •  Report of the SR on unilateral coercive measures (HRC res. 27/21 and Corr.1, and 30/2)
  •  Report of the IE on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order (HRC res. 27/9 and 30/29)
  •  Report of the IE on the rights of older persons (HRC res. 24/20)
  •  Report of the WG on arbitrary detention (HRC res. 24/7)
  •  Report of the WG on enforced or involuntary disappearances (HRC res. 7/12, and 27/1)
  • Report of the WG on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of  the  right of peoples to self-determination (HRC res. 24/13 and 30/6)

Other Reports

  •  Yearly supplement of the SG to his quinquennial report on capital punishment and the implementation of the safeguards guaranteeing protection of the rights of those facing the death penalty (HRC dec. 18/117)
  • Comprehensive report of the SG on the human rights of migrants (GA res. 70/147)
  •  Report of the HC on the practical application of the technical guidance and its impact on the development and implementation of policies and programmes in States to reduce preventable mortality and morbidity of children under 5 years of age (HRC res. 27/14)
  • Report of the HC on efforts made to strengthen existing policies and programmes aimed at universal birth registration and vital statistics development (HRC res. 28/13)
  •  Summary report of the HC on the full-day meeting on the rights of the child held at the 31st session (HRC res. 28/19)
  •  Annual report of the HC on the rights of indigenous peoples (HRC res. 30/4)
  •  Consolidated report of the SG and the HC on the right to development (HRC res. 30/28 and GA res. 70/155)
  • Follow-up report of the HC on how the technical guidance on the application of a human rights-based approach to the implementation of policies and programmes for the reduction of preventable maternal mortality and morbidity has been applied by States and other relevant actors (HRC res. 27/11)
  • Summary report of the OHCHR on the expert workshop on existing guidance on the implementation of the right to participate in public affairs (HRC res. 30/9)
  • Summary report of the OHCHR on the panel discussion on the human rights dimensions of preventing and countering violent extremism, held at the 31st session (HRC res. 30/15)
  •  Compilation report of the OHCHR on best practices and lessons learned on how protecting and promoting human rights contribute to play a critical role in preventing and countering violent extremism (HRC res. 30/15)
  •   Report of the Working Group on the Right to Development on its seventeenth sessions (HRC res. 9/3, 27/2 and 30/28)

UN DAYS

20 March International Day of Happiness – during HRC

21 March – Int’l Day of Forest (during HRC)

22 April  Mother Earth Day
http://www.earthday.org/earth-day/registerfind-an-event/

22  May Int’l Day for Biological Diversity

5  June – World Environment Day (WED / UNEP and during HRC)

12 August – Int’l Youth DAY

16 September – Int’l Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer (during HRC))

3 October – World Habitat Day (theme for 2016?)
Events and Outreach Unit, UN-Habitat – Email: whd@unhabitat.org

24 October – World Development Information Day

31 October – World Cities Day
example of transformation in cities towards sustainable living. Geneva example