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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 of the 47th session of the Human Rights Council
 7 June 2021
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