H.E. Dr. Hanif Al-Qassim meets with United Nations Director-General to discuss the implementation of joint projects

H.E. Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre’s Board of Management, has met with Mr. Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, and Ms. Charlotte Warakaulle, Chief of the Political Affairs, External Relations and Inter-Agency Affairs Section at the Office of the Director-General. The aim of the meeting was to discuss areas of cooperation and ways to enhance human rights promotion and protection, especially through activities and events dedicated to global dialogue.

H.E. Dr. Hanif Al-Qassim meets with Ms. Jacqueline Coté, Public Relations Director at the Graduate Institute

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is a Geneva-based institution of research and higher education dedicated to the study of world affairs, with a particular emphasis on the cross-cutting fields of international relations and development issues. Its mission is to promote international cooperation and contribute to the progress of developing societies by promoting creative thinking on current challenges, fostering global responsibility, and advancing respect for diversity.

Geneva Centre examines future cooperation with Human Rights Commission in Saudi Arabia

In the framework of strengthening the cooperation with human rights bodies in the Arab world, the Geneva Centre received a senior delegation from the Human Rights Commission in Saudi Arabia. The delegation was composed of: Dr. Issa  Shamakh, Member of the Board of the Human Rights Commission; Mr. Ahmad Yahya, Secretary of the Board of the Commission; Mr. Adel Khathlan, Counsel at the Office of the President of the Commission; Mr. Nayef Mualla, researcher in international human rights perspectives; and Mr. Mohamed Hammali, researcher in organizations management and International Relations at the Commission. The meeting was also attended by Counsel Khalid Almenzalawi, from the Permanent Mission of Saudi Arabia to the UN in Geneva.

The Geneva Centre calls for concerted efforts to stop the activity of armed groups, combat terrorism, and empower the legitimate Libyan institutions

The Geneva Centre strongly condemns the flagrant violations of human rights carried out by radical terrorist groups in Libya, which involve violent systematic acts targeting innocent civilians and diplomatic missions, including the demolition and burning of the house of the Libyan Permanent Representative to UN Office at NewYork Ibrahim Dabbashi on 16 September 2014. This event follows other previous kidnappings and murder attacks on members of more than twenty diplomatic mission, as well as representatives of humanitarian and international organizations. In this context, the Geneva Centre calls for the need to restore security, bring peace, and support the legitimate Libyan institutions including the Parliament elected in last June.

The Geneva Centre and the Sultanate of Oman: A constructive cooperation for national and regional benefits

In the framework of the continuous efforts made by the Sultanate of Oman to enhance capacity building and develop political and legal institutions, H.E. Ambassador Abdullah Al-Rahbi, Permanent Representative of Oman to the United Nations in Geneva, organized a meeting with the Geneva Centre. The meeting was attended by a high-level Omani delegation representing more than twenty-four deputy Ministers, Governors and heads of Local Authorities, who were following an intensive training program in Switzerland, and by UN Senior Officials and Experts. The aim was to exchange views on generic human rights issues, as well as on the modalities to further enhance Oman’s involvement in the Human Rights Council and its related Mechanisms.

H.E. Dr. Hanif Al-Qassim wishes to welcome H.R.H. Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein as new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

On 1st September 2014, H.R.H. Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein from Jordan assumed his functions as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, following the General Assembly’s approval, on 16 June, of his appointment by the UN Secretary-General. It is a turning point in the history of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, led for the first time since its creation in 1993 by an Asian, Muslim and Arab.

“Culture has a leading role in supporting the promotion of intercultural dialogue”: H.E. Dr. Hanif Al-Qassim, in his meeting with Mr. Sylvain Thévoz, Advisor for Culture and Community Action at Ville de Genève

H.E. Dr. Hanif Al-Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre’s Board of Management, has met with Mr. Sylvain Thévoz, Member of the Municipal Council and Advisor for Culture and Community Action at Ville de Genève, in order to discuss areas of cooperation, notably in the cultural field. Their attention was particularly drawn by the importance of organising and developing activities and programmes aimed to enhance cultural exchanges as a means to dispel stereotypes. The ultimate goal is to promote tolerance between the different components of each community, and establish dialogue as a main factor of nations’ progress.

Geneva Centre to Cooperate with the League of Arab States

On the sidelines of the visit of a high-level ministerial Arab delegation to Switzerland, H.E. Dr. Hanif Al-Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre’s Board of Management, has met with H.E. Dr. Nabil El Araby, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, in order to discuss future areas of cooperation and enhance coordination on Arab issues, particularly with regard to the work of the United Nations Human Rights Council and its related mechanisms.