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ABOUT US

The Geneva Centre is a think-tank created in 2013 with its headquarters in Geneva. The Centre is dedicated to the promotion of a universal, value-driven human rights system, anchored in the principles of equity, non-discrimination, inclusiveness and solidarity.

The Geneva Centre’s mandate is based on the three pillars of research and analysis, capacity building with special emphasis on the MENA region, and promotion of a global, inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue on vital human rights issues, with the aim of fostering mutual understanding, acceptance of difference, and the celebration of diversity among the different peoples and regions of the world.

The Geneva Centre was granted special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on 26 July 2017. It is an independent, non-governmental organization that does not rely on public funding, which ensures its neutrality.

EVENTS

The Geneva Centre organizes a number of conferences, symposia, side-events, round tables, cultural events and workshops.
Our events address the most pressing human rights issues, including those examined by the UN human rights structures and mechanisms.

Testimonials

I am inspired by your coming together around a shared commitment to human rights and equal citizenship.

António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, in reference to the World Conference organized by the Geneva Centre in June 2018

I was inspired by the human contributions of panellists who stressed the urgency of drawing on the inspiration of time-honoured religions, creeds and value systems to enhance equal citizenship rights.

HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, World Conference, June 2018

I would like to express my gratitude to the Geneva Centre for organizing this timely event and for allowing me to express my views on this important topic.

Velina Todorova, Vice-Chairperson and member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, in reference to the panel discussion organized by the Geneva Centre in September 2019

Allow me to thank you as well for all your excellent work in the past month. Much appreciated.

Diplomat, from the Permanent Mission of Croatia, April 2020

I thank the Geneva Center for its action in general and for the organization of this conference.

Sami Kanaan, Mayor of Geneva, World Conference, June 2018

Thank you so much for putting together this great event and allowing me to be a part of it.  I wish you both the best and hope we have an opportunity to work together in the future.

Casey Myers, Founder & Executive Director of One Digital World, in reference to the 10 December 2020 Human Rights Day virtual event organized by the Geneva Centre

This is the first time we meet at the UN on the interface between religions and equal citizenship. The event is therefore unique in a way. It involves religious and lay leaders from inside and outside the UN.

H.E. Dr Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim, Former Chairman of the Geneva Centre, World Conference, June 2018

Your documents have helped us, among other things, in monitoring the work and preparing our own summary documents for internal use.

Diplomat, from the Permanent Mission of Togo, July 2020

The decision of ECOSOC to confer Special Consultative Status to the Geneva Centre is an acknowledgement of the effectiveness of the Centre in discharging its mission to enhance human rights, promote awareness of human rights values beyond policies and train new generations in a value-driven approach to human rights.

Late Ambassador Idriss Jazairy, Former Executive Director of the Geneva Centre

My colleagues and I have much appreciated and are most grateful for the excellent reports received from the Geneva Centre on the recent session of the Human Rights Council. They are indeed very helpful documents which we consult on a regular basis.

H.E. Ambassador Marie-Thérèse Pictet-Althann, Permanent Observer of the Sovereign Order of Malta, July 2020

It is a real pleasure and honour to be here. I congratulate the organizers for the really incredible and successful work they have done.

Lakhdar Brahimi, Former Foreign Minister of Algeria and Member of The Elders, World Conference, June 2018

Thank you so much for sharing the summary report by the Geneva Centre, as well as for your amplification with the Centre’s community and readership, and also on social media.

Project Manager, Brookings Institution, May 2020

Thank you again for the excellent reports we received during the last Human Rights Council session, which were very useful to our annual empowerment kits for rural women leaders and for the prevention of violence against women and children.

Founder and Executive director , Women's World Summit Foundation, June 2020

On behalf of the UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, I would like to thank and commend the Geneva Centre for organising this debate and putting the spotlight on enhancing access to justice for children.

Phenny Kakama, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, in reference to the panel discussion organized by the Geneva Centre in September 2019

LATEST NEWS

THE GENEVA CENTRE’S HUMAN RIGHTS RECOGNITION AWARDS – HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 10 DECEMBER 2021

The Geneva Centre has chosen the International Human Rights Day, 10 December, to celebrate individuals with distinctive work in the field of human rights advancement, through its Human Rights Recognition Awards. The Geneva Centre’s Human Rights Recognition Awards will be given to individuals who work for the protection, promotion and advancement of human rights. The awards are not only an opportunity to acknowledge and increase the visibility of the significant work of such individuals but are also a chance to celebrate human rights achievements.

NOVEMBER 2021 TRAINING SESSION

The Geneva Centre is pleased to offer its “UN Human Rights Council – Structure, Mechanisms and Procedures” online training course. The course is open to all participants interested in the proposed subject as well as topics on Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law and will be held from 8 to 12 November 2021.

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