On the 50th Anniversary of the Human Rights Covenants, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Centre for Civil and Political Rights hosted a meeting of civil society members to participate in a discussion with Committee members and speakers from Franciscan International and the Colombian Commission of Jurists on the role of civil society in the Committee’s work on human rights.

Global Future was invited to participate in the meeting and enjoyed the thought-provoking talks given by the speakers.

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From left to right: Patrick Noack, Maddalena Campioni, Julia Gray, Nathalie Andre.

After the talks, the floor was open to the Committee members for discussion. It was a great opportunity to see how civil society members engage with the Committee. The meeting was held in the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

We will leave you with a quote highlighted by the organisers:

‘One of the most important features of the way in which the international human rights regime has evolved over the last 2 decades is the extent to which NGOs have come to be accepted not merely as partners in the overall enterprise but as indispensable ones.’ (Philip Alston).