Ambassador Jazairy participates in the OIC-IPHRC’s seminar on the Right to Development

On 12th and 13th October, the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation held, in Abu Dhabi, a seminar on the Right to Development in order to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Right to Development.

The seminar, organized in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation as well as with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, aimed at calling for renewed reflection and joint action by all stakeholders, both at the national and international levels, to ensure that all individuals are able to participate in, contribute to and benefit from the fruits of the right to development.

Muslims in Europe: The Road to Social Harmony – A successful event organized by the Geneva Centre

The panel discussion entitled “Muslims in Europe: The Road to Social Harmony”, which took place at Palais des Nations in Geneva, was organized by the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue as a side-event to the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council.  The partners of the Geneva Centre in the organization of this event were the Permanent Mission of Algeria to the UN and other International Organizations in Switzerland, and the Independent Permanent Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. The discussion was an opportunity to present a study mandated by the Geneva Centre to the renowned Swiss-Algerian intellectual Dr. Zidane Meriboute, bearing the same name as the event.

An Arab Intellectual and Diplomat to Head the Geneva Centre: H. E. Idriss Jazairy appointed Executive Director

H. E. Idriss Jazairy was appointed  Executive Director of the Geneva Centre on Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue. The Board of Management of the Centre welcomed him and wished him every success in his new responsibilities.

Idriss Jazairy is a prominent Algerian diplomat known at the national and international level, with a long experience also in the management of the non-governmental sector.

The future of the Human Rights Council: an eventful day organized by the Geneva Centre at the UN Office in Geneva

On 13th May 2016, the UN Office in Geneva hosted an important international meeting concerning the evolution of the UN mechanisms for human rights. The panel discussion, organized by the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, focused on the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council and, specifically, on the Special Procedures mandate-holders. The meeting took place on the occasion of the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Human Rights Council and revolved around the comparison between two important studies: one of these was authored by the retired Ambassador Idriss Jazairy, a member of the Geneva Centre’s Board of Management; the other by the expert Marc Limon, Director of the organization Universal Rights Group (URG). These studies were both devoted to the Special Procedures.

The Advancement of the Status of Women in the Arab World 2

Women’s rights and gender equality have been at the heart of the international agenda over the past few years. This intensification of the movement for women’s rights has been driven, in part, by the anniversaries of some of the core international instruments on gender. As such, 2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the road map for gender equality for the past two decades. The year 2015 also marked the 15th Anniversary and the Global Review of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, the main UN resolution dealing with women’s participation in peace and security and their protection from violence during conflict. These processes coincided with the elaboration of the new global development agenda and Sustainable Developments Goals, placing gender equality at the core of concerns for the next 15 years, through SDG 5.