3 December 2018, GENEVA – The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue (“the Geneva Centre”) was invited by the Secretariat of the Human Rights Council (HRC) to participate in the sixth informal consultation session on the long-term efficiency of the HRC. The one-day consultation session was held on 30 November 2018 at the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG).
Permanent Missions, national institutions, international organizations, NGOs, civil society organizations and human rights bodies were present at the informal consultative session.
The Geneva Centre – represented by its junior project and communication officer Mr. Blerim Mustafa – attended the consultative session held at UNOG. In the Geneva Centre’s position paper regarding the revised draft zero Presidential Statement (PRST) presented by the Secretariat of the Human Rights Council, the Geneva Centre appealed to the Secretariat to remove the word “strongly” in operative paragraph 18.
The Geneva Centre, the International Catholic Migration Commission, the African Centre Against Torture, the International Society for Human Rights and the International Human Rights Association of American Minorities had already indicated their objections to the proposal of introducing an advance online reservation for meeting facilities at UNOG - in their position paper presented during the fourth informal consultation session of 15 November 2018 – as it would prevent small- and medium-sized NGOs to contribute and to participate efficiency in the work of the Council. .
The observations made by the Geneva Centre during the sixth informal consultation session complements the earlier statements delivered by the Centre and its partners to enhance the long-term efficiency of the Council as foreseen in GA resolution 60/251 and in the IB Package.
All position papers delivered during the informal consultation sessions are available at:
First informal consultation session (03 May, 2018):
Third informal consultation session (04 October, 2018):
Fourth informal consultation session (15 November, 2018):
Fifth informal consultation session (29 November, 2018):
Sixth informal consultation session (30 November, 2018):