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Foreword by the Executive Director, Dr. Umesh Palwankar

The Geneva Centre had another intensive and very fruitful year. 

In 2023 the Geneva Centre organized six international events, including a major conference, in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Chile, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Cabo Verde, and the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations in Geneva at the Palais des Nations Geneva, and a joint panel with the Permanent Mission of the Sovereign Order of Malta.

The last event of the year was the Geneva Centre’s Human Rights Recognition Awards, commemorating International Human Rights Day. The theme of this year’s Awards was Women Championing Environmental Rights, with four remarkable women, selected by a distinguished international jury, for their unwavering commitment and impactful contributions to Environmental Rights. Adding a special dimension to our ceremony, we were immensely privileged to welcome Ayisha Siddiqa, the Climate Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General, as our guest of honor.

The Geneva Centre conducted 2 training sessions in human rights, of which one, a 2-week course, was organized jointly with the Webster University, Geneva. The Centre continued its highly appreciated Human Rights Council Reporting Initiative, with over 90 reports prepared and shared with the Centre’s numerous interlocutors including Permanent Missions, International Organizations, NGOs, Academic institutions and the media, and were published on our website. The Scientific Café initiative went into its third year, with a series of short interviews with academic experts and practitioners on a topical human rights subject, to raise awareness on and promote human rights world-wide.

The Geneva Centre appreciates and counts on your continuing interest in its activities and wishes you, on behalf of its Board of Management and staff, a Very Happy and Successful New Year.

Read the full Annual Report here: Annual Report 2023 – Geneva Centre

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