Idriss Jazairy

Executive Director

Ambassador Idriss Jazairy, an Algerian national, is the Executive Director of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue. He reports to the Board of the Centre chaired by H. E. Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim an entrepreneur and former Cabinet Minister of the UAE. 

Mr. Jazairy is an experienced diplomat, international administrator and NGO leader. He has been successively Presidential Adviser under President Houari Boumedienne for 7 years and later Algeria’s Ambassador to Belgium, the USA, the Holy See, and Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva.

As a representative of Algeria, he was in particular a founding member of UNCTAD and the Human Rights Council. In 1984, he was elected unanimously for a 4-year term as president of IFAD, a Rome-based UN Specialized Agency, and was later re-elected for a second term. Ambassador Jazairy was the President of the Conference on Disarmament in 2009 and the President of the Council of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in 2010.

He was thereafter Executive Director of ACORD, an international consortium of NGOs (including Oxfam, Novib, CCFD, etc.), then headquartered in London and devoted to the protection and empowerment of victims of poverty and civil strife in Africa. From 1995 to 1998, he was also a member of the board of CARE/USA.

He is currently the Special Rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Council on unilateral coercive measures.

Among his academic credentials, Ambassador Jazairy is a graduate of Queen’s College, Oxford University (UK), of the École Nationale d’Administration (France) and of the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University (USA).

He has authored or co-authored several publications, including a book entitled “The State of World Rural Poverty: An Inquiry into its Causes and Consequences” (New York University Press, 1992, 570 pages), a chapter entitled “The Role of Regional Groups and Coordinators: A Case Study – The African Group”, in Lars Müller (Ed.), The First 365 Days of the United Nations Human Rights Council, 2007, and his most recent book “In Defence of Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council: An Alternative Narrative From the South” (Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, 2015, 82 pages).

He has also published articles on current affairs in the international press.

Ambassador Jazairy is fluent in Arabic, French and English. 

Distinctions:

  • Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of Italy
  • Officer of Wissam Alaoui of Morocco 
  • Officer of Order of Istiqlal of Jordan
  • Officer of the Order of Merit of Mauritania