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HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – 47TH SESSION

As for the previous sessions, the Geneva Centre will closely monitor the 47th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC). The HRC47th session will be held from 21 June to 15 July 2021. For the first time, the June session will continue Week 4 due to the fact that new mandates were created that require additional meeting hours.

The Council’s meetings will be presided by the President H.E. Ms Nazhat Shameem Khan, and four Vice-Presidents from all regional groups, including H.E. Ms Keva Lorraine BAIN (Bahamas), H.E. Ms. Ebyan Mahamed Salah (Somalia), H.E. Ms Monique T.G. Van Daalen (Netherlands), and H.E. Mr Yuri Borissov STERK (Bulgaria).

The session will begin with the presentation of the Annual Report by the High Commissioner on Human Rights which the Geneva Centre will closely follow. No general debates will be held during the 47th session, however, the Council will hold 25 interactive dialogues with special procedure mandate holders and mechanisms, 6 interactive dialogues with the High Commissioner and 1 interactive dialogue with the Special Advisor to the Secretary-General. The Council will also adopt 14 outcomes of the UPR and elect 7 mandate holders of Special Procedures.

7 panel discussions will be held during the 47th session, including on topics such as multisectoral prevention of and response to female genital mutilation (23 June 2021); tenth anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (29 June 2021); human rights of older persons in the context of climate change (30 June 2021); human rights of women, with Panel 1: Violence against women and girls with disabilities (5 July 2021) and Panel 2: Gender-equal socioeconomic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic (6 July 2021); promoting human rights through sport and the Olympic ideal (7 July 2021) under the theme of “The potential of leveraging sport and the Olympic ideal for promoting human rights for young people“, and technical cooperation and capacity-building, under the theme of “Technical cooperation to advance the right to education and ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all“.

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the same Extraordinary Modalities that were applied during the 46th regular session of the Human Rights Council will continue to be applied during this session, with remote participation strongly encouraged for all delegates, with the exception of State delegations who face technical difficulties, as well as countries concerned with a reports or dialogue, could exceptionally deliver their statements from Room XVIII. These modalities will apply exclusively to the 47th regular session during the period when COVID- 19 restrictions prohibit in-person meetings with more than 100 participants and would not serve as a precedent.

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING Date View
Organizational Meeting of the 47th session of the Human Rights Council
 7 June 2021
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WEEKLY OVERVIEWS
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Week 1 – Overview of upcoming meetings and reports considerations
 21 June 2021
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Looking Back at Week 1 – Main highlights
 25 June 2021
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Week 2 – Overview of upcoming meetings and reports considerations
 28 June 2021
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Looking Back at Week 2 – Main highlights
2 July 2021
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Week 3 – Overview of upcoming meetings and reports considerations
5 July 2021
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Looking Back at Week 3 – Main highlights
9 July 2021
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Week 4 – Overview of upcoming meetings and draft proposals
12 July 2021
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INTERACTIVE DIALOGUES DATE VIEW
Opening Meeting
 21 June 2021
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Interactive Dialogue on the High Commissioner report on the role of States during pandemics
21 June 2021
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Interactive Dialogue on the High Commissioner’s annual report
21-22 June 2021
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Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to physical and mental health
23-24 June 2021
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Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants
23-24 June 2021
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Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to education
24-25 June 2021
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Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences
28-29 June 2021
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Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association
1 July 2021
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Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights
30 June 2021
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Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression
2 July 2021
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Interactive dialogue on the High-Commissioner Report on Human Rights in Venezuela
5 – 6 July 2021
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Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on Syria
6 July 2021
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Interactive dialogue on the High Commissioner Oral Update on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar
6-7 July 2021
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Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar
7 July 2021
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Interactive dialogue on the oral update of the High Commissioner on Ukraine and interim report of Secretary-General on the situation of human rights in Crimea
09 July 2021
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Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Palestine
9 July 2021
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REPORT PRESENTATIONS AND ORAL UPDATES DATE VIEW
Situation of human rights in Iran (Report presentation)
 22 June 2021
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Situation of human rights in Nicaragua (Oral update)
22 June 2021
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PANEL DISCUSSIONS DATE VIEW
High-Level Panel on Female Genital Mutilation
 23 June 2021
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High-Level Panel on the Tenth Anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
29 June 2021
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Panel Discussion on the Human Rights of Older Persons in the Context of Climate Change
30 June 2021
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PANEL DISCUSSIONS DATE VIEW
Universal Periodic Review Outcomes of: Federated States of Micronesia, Lebanon, Mauritania, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Australia, Saint Lucia, Nepal, Oman, Austria, Rwanda, Georgia, Sao Tome and Principe, Nauru.
 8 – 9 July 2021
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DETAILED SUMMARIES DATE VIEW
Interactive Dialogue on the Annual Report of the High Commissioner
 21-22 June 2021
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Adoption of Draft Resolutions
12-14 July 2021
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Action on Written Amendments to Draft Resolutions
 12-14 July 2021
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