New York, United States
26 Jun 2013 to 27 Jun 2013
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You will not be charged for the course at this point. In case a sufficient number of participant signs up for the course, we will ask you in a separate email to confirm your interest and your payment. The workshop is free-of-charge for diplomats assigned to a mission from a low or middle income country according to the World Bank classification. Diplomats from high-income countries and representatives of international, intergovernmental, and non-governmental organizations, civil society and other interested individuals are required to pay the participation fee. participation fee for students : 250$
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+212 963 9196
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The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) are pleased to announce the 4th annual Orientation Programme for Diplomats on Human Rights. The programme will be held in New York on 26 and 27 June 2013 and will involve presentations by human rights experts on key human rights issues.
The programme aims at enhancing governmental officials’ understanding of OHCHR and the United Nations human rights protection system. As a result, diplomats will be able to more comprehensively and effectively integrate human rights into their work and/or perform their human rights-related functions.
The programme will cover a historical overview and the international human rights framework; OHCHR’s mandate, working methods, thematic and country-related work; the structure and functioning of the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms (incl. the Universal Periodic Review and special procedures), the human rights treaty bodies, the work of the General Assembly ,the Security Council and activities of other United Nations organs in relation to human rights, and the mainstreaming of human rights in development, humanitarian action and peace operations.
More specifically, at the end of this orientation programme, participants will be able to
· Explain the historical evolution of the international human rights normative framework;
· Enumerate the roles and functions of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights;
· Discuss the ways in which human rights are mainstreamed in different United Nations policies and debated in the UN bodies such as the General Assembly and the Security Council;
The programme will be based on a participatory approach and include presentations and discussions on the various topics on the agenda. Adequate time will be allocated for participants to interact with resource persons. Participants will receive a comprehensive set of reference and background material, including selected articles and other reference documents, copies of PowerPoint presentations, and other relevant materials. Resource persons will comprise human rights experts, primarily drawn from OHCHR staff. Participants who successfully complete the orientation programme by attending all sessions will receive an OHCHR/UNITAR Certificate of Participation.