UN Human Rights Council

Understand the structure, purpose and mandate of the Human Rights Council and the opportunities for effective engagement

Understanding the Human Rights Council

Introduction

Overview of what you will learn in this module

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The Basics

An introduction to the Human Rights Council, the main UN forum for inter-governmental dialogue on human rights

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What can the Human Rights Council do for you?

Explore the various ways the Council can support your advocacy

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What the Human Rights Council is / isn’t – Quiz!

Gain a deeper understanding of the Council through our quiz

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Resolutions – What does the Human Rights Council do?

Understand the nature and purpose of resolutions, one of the main outputs of the Council

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Government Statements – What does the Human Rights Council do?

Learn about statements governments make at the Council, and what they mean to defenders

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Why engage with the Human Rights Council?

Reflect on whether the Council is the right tool to help you achieve your advocacy goals

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Quiz! – Understanding the Human Rights Council

Bring it all together and see what you’ve learnt!

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The Human Rights Council as a political space

Navigating the political space

Explore the impact of national, regional and international politics on the Council

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Human Rights Council membership

Discover which countries are in the Council, identify the challenges and spot opportunities

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Human Rights Council actors and groups

Learn about the different actors within the Council and what they can do for you

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UN regional groups

Understand the most fundamental grouping in the Council and its impact on the Council’s work

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Political and informal groups

Identify other alliances that influence how States act within the Council

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Commitments and obligations – Your country as an actor

Examine your country’s human rights commitments to help you protect rights at home

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Sponsorships – Your country as an actor

Discover what positions your country takes on human rights issues within the Council

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Quiz! – The Human Rights Council as a political space

Check how well you can use these tools!

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Your opportunities to engage

Introduction

Overview of how you can work with the Council, depending on what you want to achieve

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Managing expectations

Remind yourself of what you need to invest to get the biggest impact out of the Council

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Oral statements – Why are they useful?

Understand the potential impact of delivering a statement at the Council

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How to deliver an oral statement

Learn how to make an oral statement strategic and effective

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Side events – Why are they useful?

Explore whether a side event would be useful for your advocacy

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How to plan a side event

Find out how to organise an impactful side event

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Meetings with States – Why are they useful?

Discover why meeting with States is essential to influence action within the Council

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How to hold a meeting with States

Consider how to get the most out of meetings with State representatives

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Resolutions – Why are they useful?

Explore in more detail the nature and role of resolutions

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How to negotiate resolutions

Learn how to push for a resolution to be introduced, and to influence its contents

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Government statements – Why are they useful?

Examine in more depth the nature and impact of Government statements at the Council

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How to influence Government statements

Understand what steps you need to take to shape statements made by governments

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Working from home

Discover the different ways you can engage with the Council without travelling to Geneva

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Quiz! – How you can get involved?

Reflect on what you’ve learnt and take the quiz!

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Feedback on the module

Share your thoughts on this module about the Human Rights Council

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