Opening ‘Vienna + 20: Achievements, Challenges and Perspectives’
On 27-28 June 2013, over one hundred human rights experts convened in Vienna at the ‘Vienna + 20 high level conference’ to take stock of key achievements since the adoption of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA) in 1993; pinpoint current challenges; and present best practices in the promotion and protection of human rights at the national, regional and international level.
• Insufficient implementation and follow up to their recommendations, lack of cooperation with them and paucity of resources;
• Low level of NHRI engagement at HRC sessions in relation to the adoption of country mission reports; and
• Declining influence of NHRIs in relation to their governments and the merging of roles between NHRIs and CSOs.
• Include in their annual reports recommendations by Special Procedures mandate holders with a view to ensuring wide dissemination thereof; and
• Establish focal point or an entity dedicated to human rights defenders with specific attention to groups of defenders at particular risk such as women defenders and those working for women’s rights and gender issues.