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26 February to 5 April 2024


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All parties to Gaza crisis may have committed war crimes: UN rights chief - 28.02.24

All parties to the Gaza conflict have been responsible for “clear violations of international humanitarian law including possible war crimes”, according to the UN’s top human rights official, Volker Türk.

Geneva Press Briefing: HRC, WHO, ITU, UNIDIR, OCHA - 27.02.24

🎦 Human Rights Council: update on HRC55, 🎦 WHO: on noncommunicable diseases in humanitarian settings, 🎦 ITU on membership milestone and 🎦 OCHA on Gaza.

UN Chief at the Conference on Disarmament - 26.02.24

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urges Disarmament Conference members to reject cynicism and embrace multilateralism for global peace. Stressing inclusive diplomacy's pivotal role in disarmament, he calls for urgent action, emphasizing members' transformative potential within the organization.

Opening HRC 55: UN Chief - António Guterres - 26.02.24

ANTÓNIO GUTERRES, United Nations Secretary-General, said the Council was meeting at a time of turbulence for the world, for people, and for human rights. Conflicts were taking a terrible toll as parties to war trampled on human rights and humanitarian law.

Happening at UN Geneva

United Nations Human Rights Council

#HRC55 (26 February-5 April) Room XX, Palais des Nations, Geneva

The United Nations Human Rights Council will start with its high-level segment from 26 February to 28 February, when dignitaries representing more than 110 Member States will address the Council.

The session will open at 9 a.m. on Monday, 26 February under the presidency of Ambassador Omar Zniber of Morocco.  Delivering statements at the opening will be the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres; the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Dennis Francis; the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk; as well as the Chief of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, Ignazio Cassis.

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)

CESCR 75 Session (12 Feb 2024 - 01 Mar 2024)

The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) is the body of 18 independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights by its State parties. The Covenant enshrines economic, social and cultural rights such as the rights to adequate food, adequate housing, education, health, social security, water and sanitation, and work.

The Committee seeks to develop a constructive dialogue with State parties, determine whether the Covenant's norms are being applied, and assess how the implementation and enforcement of the Covenant could be improved so all people can enjoy these rights in full. 

Committee on Enforced Disappearances

26th session, 19 February - 1st March, Palais Wilson, Geneva

The Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) is the body of independent experts which monitors the implementation of the Convention for the Protection of all Persons against Enforced Disappearance by the States parties.

The Committee and its Secretariat work daily to support victims, civil society organizations, National Human Rights Institutions and States to search for and locate disappeared persons, eradicate, punish and prevent this crime, and repair the damage suffered by the victims. 

14th Meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate

Romm XXVI, Palais des Nations

The Task Force on Water and Climate aims to discuss, plan and provide guidance to the implementation of the activities on water and climate under the programme of work for 2022-2024 of the Water Convention as well as to the planned activities under the next programme of work for 2025-2027 of the Water Convention.  The meeting is open to experts representing governmental authorities, the private sector, non-governmental and international organizations as well as other interested stakeholders.