05 December 2018, GENEVA – A meeting between the Executive Director of the Geneva Centre Ambassador Idriss Jazairy and the Founder and Director of the Geneva Academy for Peace and Mediation Ms. Sibylle Rupprecht was organized on 4 December, at the premises of the Geneva Centre, to discuss long-term partnership opportunities between both organizations.

Ambassador Jazairy used the occasion to inform Ms. Rupprecht about the Geneva Centre’s endeavours to organize panel debates at the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) to promote a value-driven human rights system and to act as a platform for dialogue between a variety of stakeholders involved in the promotion and advancement of human rights in the Arab region and beyond.

In this connection, the Geneva Centre’s Executive Director extended an invitation to Ms. Rupprecht to participate in the 10 December panel debate on “Education for Peace in a Multi-Religious Context” organized by the Geneva Centre and the World Council of Churches.

The parties expressed their commitment to jointly explore the possibility of organizing a conference on the interplay between peace and human rights in the context of the 2019 Geneva Peace Week. The latter will be organized from 11 to 15 November at different locations in Geneva including Maison de la Paix and UNOG.

In addition, Ambassador Jazairy and Ms. Rupprecht likewise agreed to assess the possibility of organizing joint training programmes on peace and human rights targeting grass-root activists and human rights professionals, journalists, lawyers and civil society representatives from the West and the Arab region.

It was proposed that joint training programmes be organized in conjunction with the holding of the regular sessions of the Human Rights Council so as to allow participants to benefit from a theoretical and practical understanding of human rights and the functioning of UN human rights mechanisms and bodies in Geneva.

Both parties agreed to sign a MoU in the near future to formalize their cooperation agreement.

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