The Geneva Centre joins the international community in celebrating World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. This occasion provides us with an important opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity to learn to “live together” better.
The Geneva Centre today launches UNFaces, a global online platform for meaningful communication between the public and representatives of the United Nations that will empower individuals to understand, engage with, and – ultimately – affect the process of diplomacy and development.
The United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development is currently in its seventeenth session in Geneva. The Geneva Centre reports on the role of information and communications technologies (ICT’s) for inclusive social and economic development, and notes the important role played by these technologies in human rights advancement in the Middle East and North Africa.
The right to development can be rooted in the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the two International Human Rights Covenants, and we welcome the 15th session of the Working Group established to monitor and review progress made in the promotion and implementation of the right to development as an opportunity to develop operational sub criteria to the Declaration.
In its resolution 24/14 of 24 September 2013, the United Nations Human Rights Council requested a report from the Advisory Committee on mechanisms to assess the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights.
The Geneva Centre welcome this World Day Against Child Labour as an important opportunity to draw attention to the role of social protection in keeping children out of child labour and removing them from it, and to gain the invaluable support of governments, civil society and others in the campaign against child labour.
The Working Group was established at the seventeenth session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2011, and the Geneva Centre welcomes its 8th session as an important opportunity to ensure that respecting human rights becomes a global standard for all businesses wherever they operate, and one that exists independently of states abilities to fulfil their own human rights obligations and above compliance with national legislation.
Speaking at a conference about hate crime, Austrian Religious Affairs Director Fuad Sanac told Anadolu Agency that Muslims faced problems related to wedding ceremonies, funerals and other Islamic traditions not being legally accepted. Sanac said: “We demand the same rights offered to Jews, Catholics, Protestants and the Buddhist communities.”
Today also serves as an occasion to inform citizens of violations of press freedom – a reminder that in dozens of countries around the world, publications are censored, fined, suspended and closed down, while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered.
International Worker’s Day commemorates a time of civil unrest in the late nineteenth century when workers in industrialised countries demonstrated for improved working conditions, wage raises and the establishment of a maximum working day and week. Many of the demonstrations were suppressed with force. The rights that demonstrators fought for at that time are featured in the preamble to the original ILO Constitution and are still current today.