The Geneva Centre wishes to reiterate its deep appreciation for the National Human Rights Council of Morocco for hosting, in November 2014, the second edition of the World Human Rights Forum.
The World Human Rights Forum, whose first edition was held in Brasilia, in 2013, aims to provide different stakeholders with a fraternal and universal environment for public debate about human rights, in order to enhance social participation, reduce inequalities, and confront human rights’ violations.
Ahead of the Marrakech edition, the Steering Committee on the preparation of the World Human Rights Forum met for the second time in Casablanca, on 21st September. The Steering Committee is composed of international experts, worldwide civil society actors, national commissions for human rights, as well as representatives of governmental institutions. The objective of the meeting, organized by the National Human Rights Council of Morocco, was to discuss the main items to be addressed, as well as the structure of the forum itself.
The second session of the World Human Rights Forum will take place from 27th to 30th November, and will be composed of various thematic forums, divided into side-events, workshops, cultural activities and conferences focusing on specific human rights issues. Based on the work of the Steering Committee and the proposals submitted by several NGOs, trade unions and other stakeholders, over thirty-five thematic forums have been designed as spaces for debate aiming to assess the current situation of human rights and highlighting emerging issues. In this context, particular attention will be paid, inter alia, to the following themes: the space reserved for civil society in the UN system; efficacy and efficiency of UN mechanisms; ratification of international legal instruments; universality of human rights; and human rights defenders.
During the second preparatory meeting, the Geneva Centre was represented by Mr. Ricardo Espinosa, member of the Steering Committee on the preparation of the forum. In his capacity as Head of Development and Global Initiatives, Mr. Espinosa expressed the full support of the Geneva Centre to the World Human Rights Forum, and emphasized the Centre’s commitment to the cause through its upcoming activities and programmes.