You can engage with the Human Rights Council in different ways - including delivering an oral statement, planning a side event, meeting with States, negotiating resolutions, and pushing for government statements. This section focuses on meetings with States.
When in Geneva, you have an opportunity to meet with governments to draw attention to your advocacy objective/purpose, and to build relationships with them so that you can lobby them to take action.
In the video below, John Fisher of Human Rights Watch gives an insight into how accesible diplomats and Government representatives are at the Human Rights Council.
Allows you to build relationships for later, including gathering support for other actions within the Council
Even seeing you approach diplomats – this puts pressure on your government to do something about an issue
If you are meeting with your own government, it is an opportunity to raise awareness about your advocacy objective, convince the government representative with your arguments, and that they should convey these messages to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and any relevant government officials. These meetings can also be an opportunity to get relevant contacts within your Ministry of Foreign Affairs or other departments, to follow up from home
If you are meeting with foreign governments, it is an opportunity to raise awareness about your advocacy objective, convince the government representative with your arguments, so they can convey the message to their capitals. If the ‘capital’ gives the go ahead, such diplomats in Geneva can:
Go to the next section for tips on how to get the most out of a meeting with State representatives.