31 October 2017
San José, Costa Rica – The Bureau of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), will meet from 1 to 3 November to evaluate progress made under the current strategic plan (2017-2019) and discuss future activities that will drive GANHRI’s work in support of national human rights institutions (NHRIs) next year.
The meeting is hosted by the Defensoría de los Habitantes of Costa Rica, headed by Ombudswoman Montserrat Solano Carboni, who is also GANHRI’s Secretary.
The Bureau meeting will be opened on 1 November by Vice President Ana Helena Chacón of the Republic of Costa Rica.
Participants will include Bureau members from all four regions, including from Australia, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, Georgia, Germany, India, Mexico, Mongolia and Togo. Representatives of the GANHRI regional networks as well as the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will also be participating. The Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions (ANNHRI) is also attending the meeting as an observer.
The Bureau will consider among other items:
• Updates from the regional networks on impacts, challenges and priorities ahead, and from OHCHR and UNDP;
• Evaluation of progress made since January 2017 against the current Strategic Plan and the Implementation plan for 2017 and upcoming activities including the International Conference to be hosted in 2018 in Africa;
• Reports from GANHRI Workings Groups on Ageing, Business and Human Rights and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Finance Committee;
• A report from the Sub Committee on Accreditation; and
• Review cases of intimidation or reprisals against NHRIs and their members and staff, and discusss implementation of the joint GANHRI-OHCHR-UNDP Guidelines for prompt and adequate response to situation when NHRIs are under threat.
The GANHRI Bureau is the committee of management of the organization established under Article 43 of GANHRI’s Statute. It is comprised of 16 members coming from an “A” Status NHRI, 4 from each of the GANHRI regional groups. Bureau Members implement the decisions of the General Assembly.