The Geneva Centre joins the international community in celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the first International Humanitarian Law Convention

The Geneva Centre wishes to join in the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded in Armies in the Field, adopted on 22 August 1864, and to pay tribute to this very first effort of codification of modern international humanitarian law. This first convention was then followed by the adoption in 1906, 1929, 1949 and 1977 of various other conventions and protocols dealing with identical or similar matters.

End of the 26th Session of the Human Rights Council

On June 27th, 2014, the twenty-sixth session of the Human Rights Council reached its conclusion. The promotion and protection of all human rights – civil, political, economic, social and cultural – , including the right to development, have been discussed for the last two weeks in room XX of the Palais de Nations, Geneva.

“The consensus on global standards for business and human rights has been broad”: Business and Human Rights Chairperson at the Human Rights Council

On June 11th 2014, at the 5th Meeting of the 26th Session of the Human Rights Council, the Chairperson of the Working Group on Business and Human Rights – Mr Michael Addo – discussed the ways in which the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights have been applied since the OECD guidelines in 2011.