As a direct result of ICC advocacy led by the ICC Geneva Representative with support by the APF, the resolution gives recognition to the most recent:
In order to streamline the work of the Council, its resolutions on NHRIs will henceforth be presented on a biennial basis. This will ensure that the UN Secretary General’s reports on NHRIs and the ICC accreditation process respectively coincide with his reporting to the General Assembly in odd-numbered years. The Council resolution on NHRIs will run in alternate even-numbered years, with the next one presented at the 27th Council session in September 2014.Further to ICC advocacy in relation to this year’s Council resolution on NHRIs, the ICC Geneva Representative a.i. provided wording to strengthen references made to NHRIs in the Council resolution on the Working Group on discrimination against women presented by Colombia and Mexico (A/HRC/RES/23/7). The resolution is available here in A, E, F, S.As a result thereof the resolution on discrimination against women makes the following reference to NHRI:
ICC activities in support of NHRI engagement at HRC 23Further to advocating for the adoption of the Council resolutions, the ICC Geneva Representative a.i. with the support of NIRMS provided assistance and advice to NHIRs and regional coordinators in their engagement with the Council, both prior to and during its 23rd session.Activities included: Identifying opportunities to engage; assisting in the preparation of written submissions and oral statements presented to the HRC; co-drafting and obtaining cross-regional support for the 2013 resolution on NHRIs; organising meetings and liasing with key stakeholders; delivering statements on behalf of A status NHRIs and reporting back.ConclusionThe 23rd session of the Council witnessed a relatively low level of NHRI engagement in light of previous sessions and the many opportunities for engagement afforded to NHRIs as a result of ICC advocacy.These include the right to:
The ICC strongly encourages NHRIs to exercise these rights and stands ready to assist NHRIs effectively engage with the various mechanisms of the Council.In preparation for the 24th Council session in September 2014, the ICC Geneva Office will seek to actively involve the ICC regional networks in ensuring broad cross regional representation of NHRIs on all agenda items of the Council.While in person NHRI participation at Council sessions is an invaluable opportunity to engage directly with UN human rights mechanisms, pre-recorded video statements presented before the Council serve as an effective and powerful tool of engagement for NHRIs who may not be able to travel to Geneva. The ICC encourages NHRIs to make use of this tool.A major success for the ICC at this session was the adoption, by consensus, of the resolution on NHRIs which in line with the thematic focus of the Council, focuses on the role of the NHRIs in promoting and protecting the rights of women and girls.