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Training 2014

NHRI staff from all regions gather in Geneva to participate in training on UN human rights system 
May 2014, Geneva, Switzerland – From 5 to 9 May 2014, 18 staff members of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) from around the world met in Geneva to participate in a training on the international human rights system.

The training course – co-organised by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC of NHRIs) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) – was designed specifically for staff of NHRIs from all regions with the aim of increasing NHRIs' knowledge of, and effective engagement with, the United Nations human rights mechanisms.

As constitutional or legislative bodies established in line with the Paris Principles, NHRIs work to bridge the gap between international and national human rights protection mechanisms, to help strengthen human rights on the ground. They have a unique and important role that is distinct yet complementary to the ones of states and civil society.

The training has been developed to strengthen NHRIs' capacities to effectively engage with United Nations human rights mechanisms at all stages including reporting, participation in meetings, and follow up in country. The course focused on both theoretical and practical aspects of the international human rights system, the procedures and practices of the UN human rights mechanisms and the specific roles of NHRIs.

An international group of highly committed staff members of NHRIs took part in the training and actively participated in the debates and discussions.

During the training, participants met with staff of OHCHR, UN experts from the Special Procedures and treaty bodies, the diplomatic corps and with colleagues from the Association for the Prevention of Torture, Geneva Academy, Amnesty International and the Commonwealth Geneva Office, as well as with the International Labour Organisation, to exchange experiences and discuss how NHRIs can best make use of  the UN system.

The training also benefitted from the support of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

The ICC of NHRIs, FES, OHCHR and UNITAR are currently exploring further training opportunities for NHRIs.

Contacts at ICC: Katharina Rose
              at FES: Felix Kirchmeier