Human rights, although universal at the normative level, are not universal in practice. There is a gap between the multilateral centres of debate and decision, primarily in Geneva and New York, and the rest of the world, between international consensus and State-level implementation.
There is a pressing need of raising human rights awareness and understanding, and overcoming divisive trends by fostering human rights dialogue across cultures, religions and civilizations.
In this regard, the Geneva Centre closely follows and participates in the United Nations human rights mechanisms in Geneva and abroad, such as the UN Human Rights Council and Universal Periodic Review, producing summary reports of the meetings. Through our HRC Reporting Initiative, we aim to close the gap between the decision centres and the rest of the world. Our briefing papers, analytical reports and summaries are all available on our website and via subscribing to our HRC Mailing List. They are an important tool in our objective of raising human rights awareness.
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UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – 53RD SESSION
The Geneva Centre will closely monitor the 53rd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in June - July 2023.
UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW – 43RD SESSION
The 43rd session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) has started on 01 May 2023, at the United Nations Office in Geneva, and will continue until 12 May 2023.
HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – 52ND SESSION
The Geneva Centre will closely monitor the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in March 2023.
UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – SPECIAL SESSIONS
36th SPECIAL SESSION
UN Human Rights Council 36th Special Session on the human rights impact of the ongoing conflict in the Sudan, 11 May 2023.
35th SPECIAL SESSION
UN Human Rights Council 35th Special Session on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran, especially with respect to women and children, 24 November 2022
32nd SPECIAL SESSION
UN Human Rights Council 32nd Special Session to address the implications of the ongoing situation in the Republic of the Sudan, 5 November 2021
31st SPECIAL SESSION
UN Human Rights Council 31st Special Session, on the serious human rights concerns and situation in Afghanistan, 24 August 2021
30th SPECIAL SESSION
UN Human Rights Council 30th Special Session, on the Grave Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, 27 May 2021
UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY THIRD COMMITTEE
THIRD COMMITTEE – 75TH SESSION
The Geneva Centre followed the work of the Third Committee during the 75th United Nations General Assembly session and produced a detailed 50-page summary report.