The Geneva Centre is a think-tank dedicated to the promotion of human rights through cross-cultural, political, religious and civilizational dialogue between the Global North and the Global South, and through training of the upcoming generations of stakeholders in the Arab region.
The Centre works towards a value-driven human rights system, steering clear of politicisation and building bridges between different narratives thereon of the Global North and of the Global South. Its aim is to act as a platform for dialogue between a variety of stakeholders involved in the promotion and protection of human rights.
The Centre advocates for giving human rights due recognition in governance throughout the world. It promotes mutual understanding and cooperative relations between people.
The Geneva Centre is an independent, non-governmental organization that does not rely on public funding. That ensures its complete independence.
On 21-22 May 2017, the NGO Committee of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) unanimously recommended to ECOSOC to grant the Geneva Centre special consultative status. ECOSOC will review the recommendation adopted by the NGO Committee to grant the Geneva Centre special consultative status in its forthcoming session on 26 July 2017.
The main objectives of the Geneva Centre are to:
- Contribute to the safeguarding of, and respect for, human rights and dignity in accordance with established international standards.
- Encourage global dialogue on the values of justice, tolerance and rejection of extremism and bigotry and promote, amongst others, the principles of understanding, constructive humanistic dialogue and respect of others.
- Promote human rights awareness among the general Arab and Muslim public and inter-cultural understanding around the world.
- Provide advice to governmental and international agencies or take value-based positions on, human rights and global dialogue issues.
The Geneva Centre aims to raise awareness and respect for human rights by means of monitoring and evaluation, and training within the MENA region, and of bridging protection gaps or gaps in international understanding through global dialogue.
Promote, beyond global human tolerance, global empathy to contribute to social harmony worldwide.