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.

The Geneva Centre signs MOU with DiploFoundation

DiploFoundation is a non-profit organisation based in Malta, emerged from the need to introduce information and communications technology tools to the practice of diplomacy. Its mission is to improve global governance and international policy development, and increase international accountability and inclusivity, the legitimacy of international policymaking, as well as the power of small and developing states to influence their own futures and development.

Dr. Hanif Al-Qassim: “To mark the fiftieth anniversary of its establishment, we are working on strengthening the system of Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council”

In the framework of the efforts made by the Geneva Centre to develop and strengthen the existing international human rights mechanisms, notably the system of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council almost fifty years after its establishment in 1967, H.E. Dr. Hanif Al-Qassim, Chairman of the Board of Management, held a number of meetings with various stakeholders. The purpose of these meetings was to discuss ways to galvanize and strengthen the system of Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council.

First Observation of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons: Dignity for Victims of Human Trafficking

In December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly decided by its Resolution 68/192 “Improving the coordination of efforts against trafficking in persons” to observe July 30th as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. The rationale behind the choice of this date lies in the fact that the UN Global Plan of Action against Trafficking in Persons, the first universal and comprehensive document concerning the issue of combating human trafficking, was adopted on July 30th, in 2010. The Global Plan of Action, which calls for integrating the fight against human trafficking into the United Nations’ broader programmes to boost development and strengthen security around the world, was defined by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as “a clarion call” of the need to take immediate steps “to stop this terrible crime against human dignity, which shames us all”.

Mr. Ricardo Espinosa, Head of the Development and Global Initiatives Division, represents the Geneva Centre at the first seminar on the preparation of the World Forum on Human Rights in Marrakech

The Geneva Centre would like to commend the Kingdom of Morocco for hosting, in November 2014, the second edition of the World Forum on Human Rights. Thanks to the sponsorship of this event, Morocco reaffirms its willingness to contribute to the universalization of human rights, as well as to their full integration within the region, crossroads of continents and cultures.