February 2014, Algiers, People’s and Democratic Republic of Algeria. Within the framework of the three-year partnership between UNITAR and the Institute for Diplomacy and International Relations of the People's and Democratic Republic of Algeria; a preparatory seminar to the 25th session of the Human Rights Council was held at the of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Algiers in February 2014.
Closing the second year of this rich cooperation, the seminar provided a wealth of resources to the members of the Algerian delegation participating in the 25th session of the Human Rights Council taking place in Geneva, following the objective of strengthening the impact of the People's and Democratic Republic of Algeria in the negotiations that will take place as of next March.
Sixteen diplomats gathered in the premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Algiers to attend this three-day seminar facilitated by high-level speakers and training experts, from the United Nations diplomatic realm. Focused on enhancing the Algerian delegates’ presence in the Human Rights Council through pragmatic as well as theoretical experience sharing, this seminar facilitated for the participants to strengthen their knowledge of the mechanism of international human rights protection while exercising skills pivotal for effective participation in this forum.
The first day was facilitated by Mr. Fatsah Ouguergouz, judge and former Vice- President of the African Court of Human and Peoples' Rights. During this session, participants gained an in-depth overview of the international system of human rights protection, with a particular focus on the role of the Human Rights Council within this architecture.
The days that followed where were led by Mr. Philip Tissot, a former British diplomat who served for nearly 35 years in bilateral and multilateral grounds. Explaining the mechanics of the Human Rights Council, Mr. Philip Tissot, covered topics ranging from the rules of procedure and their strategic use in such a grand multilateral setting to the decision-making process within the context of the Human Rights Council, insisting particularly on the drafting and the negotiation of resolutions.
Members of the Algerian delegation provided remarkably positive comments at the end of the training session, stressing the high degree of the training quality and the trainers’ approach to knowledge and skills transfer. The participants exhibited confidence in their ability to use the lessons learned during this seminar in the context of their mandate; an objective that lies at the heart of UNITAR and IDRI partnership.