The Geneva Centre focusses its capacity building efforts on government officials and national human rights institutes.

We work with independent human rights experts to develop targeted capacity building programmes to enable these groups to optimally participate in existing human rights mechanisms, which can be challenging for non-experts and those outside of the United Nations system.

We also aim to empower governments in the Middle East and North Africa to be able to act upon United Nations human rights recommendations in an effective and sustainable way, and we work with governments and related agencies to establish or strengthen permanent independent national mechanisms for implementing the recommendations of treaty bodies, special procedures, and the Universal Periodic Review.