Posts Tagged ‘Vienna’

The Human Rights Cities Network: a good beginning

December 14, 2018

The Human Rights Cities Network promotes the development of human rights in Europe and beyond. This online platform creates an interactive community of human rights cities practitioners. It is a team of like-minded people committed to acknowledge the vital role cities play in protecting, promoting and fulfilling human rights. Guest member cities and associate members are key actors, sharing new ideas and taking current concepts to their own cities.

Its mission is to create an information hub and support people to connect and scale up the successful expansion of human rights cities.

Its vision is to help make human rights a reality for every citizen, in every city; and in doing so to foster participatory democracy and social justice.

About the network

The Human Rights Cities Network is an info hub, where you will find information on what constitutes a human rights city and how existing cities can be developed further. The primary objective is to develop a network of like-minded people who can expand their knowledge and share their experiences, to significantly grow the number of Human Rights Cities around Europe. The Human Rights Cities Network acknowledges the vital role cities play in protecting, promoting and fulfilling human rights.

The network helps implement the full spectrum of human rights for people living in urban settings, by supporting cities and political decision-makers. It also connects them with Human Rights Cities practitioners, who can contribute to the development of concepts, guiding practices and operational strategies, to enhance human rights. Professionalism, inclusive governance and a clear human rights perspective are essential principles. Ultimately, the network promotes a model where human rights are used to redefine the city as a more livable space.

Currently are listed as members:

Barcelona

Graz

Lund

Middelburg
Utrecht
Vienna
York
Not yet listed: Bergen and Nürnberg

https://humanrightscities.net

see also: https://rwi.lu.se/publications/human-rights-cities-and-the-sdgs/

Report available on GHR Expert Seminar 20 years Vienna

September 9, 2013

On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the World Conference on Human Rights several commemorative meetings took place. I just came across the one organised by Geneva for Human Rights  – Global Training (GHR) which held an Expert Seminar in Geneva on 6 June 2013 under the theme: ‘After Vienna: all rights for all !’.

It was sponsored by the Dutch Permanent Delegation and chaired by Professor Bertrand Ramcharan, former High Commissioner for Human Rights. Fifty-seven persons attended, including 17 experts. The aim of the Expert Seminar was to sensitize those attending the sessions of the current Human Rights Council decisions contained in the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA). The Seminar discussed the VDPA; shared experience and assessed the realization of its main provisions, in particular their implementation at the national level. Further, the seminar discussed the remaining protection gaps in the field of human rights and recommendations for future action. The report in PDF contains summaries of the experts presentations and a reference to the (intriguingly called) session: ‘brainstorming dinner”.

There seems to be no website for GHR but its address is:

Geneva for Human Rights – Global Training, 14, Avenue du Mail  CH-1205 Geneva, Switzerland, Tel.      +41 22 320-27-27

and emails are:
acz.hr@bluewin.ch
info@gdh-ghr.org

 

Pillay discusses 20 years Vienna

June 27, 2013

N. Pillay - © OHCHR

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday 27 June said there had been significant achievements since a historic human rights document was adopted in Vienna 20 years ago, but there have also been many setbacks and “the magnificent construction is still only half built.” Read the rest of this entry »

Good quotes on human rights from UN top officials on 20th anniversary of Vienna Declaration

February 26, 2013

(UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré)

If you are looking for good quotes from top UN officials on human rights, you will find some in the panel discussion that took place on 25 February to mark the 20th anniversary of an indeed benchmark meeting, the World Conference on Human Rights held in Vienna in 1993. The resulting Vienna Declaration, which led to the creation of the post of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, strengthened human rights work, and reinforced the universality of human rights and the duty of States to uphold them. “Human rights and fundamental freedoms are the lifeblood of the United Nations,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a video message to panel discussion in Geneva to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action.“Since the Organization was founded, Member States and civil society partners have worked to build a body of human rights instruments that can uphold the principles of the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” he noted. The declaration – adopted at the World Conference on Human Rights, held in Vienna in June 1993, and later endorsed by the General Assembly – led to the creation of the post of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. As a member of a women’s rights organization who participated in a side event at the 1993 Conference, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay recalled that the event took place amid a “time of transformation” with the end of the Cold War and as progress had been made in dismantling apartheid in South Africa. In remarks read out on her behalf by Bacre Ndiaye, Director of the Human Rights Council and Special Procedures Division in the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights OHCHR, Ms. Pillay said the Conference was also the first time that representatives of governments and civil society spoke about women’s rights at a conference dedicated to human issues and not specially women’s issues. “This shift in human rights thinking paved the way for key advances,” she noted, including the adoption of the UN Declaration on violence against women, and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. It also contributed to how the gender perspective was integrated into human rights work and the Organization as a whole. “However, much remains to be done. As was the case 20 years ago, women and girls continue to be sexually and physically abused, and their abusers go unpunished,” Ms. Pillay said, adding that women’s political participation and full empowerment are a “work in progress.” The High Commissioner also urged civil society to continue its strong engagement with the UN, noting the vital role non-governmental organizations played in the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action “The United Nations cannot attain its lofty objectives without the participation of those it is supposed to serve. It is only by listening to their concerns that we can we ensure that our action is grounded in the real lives of real people,” she said.

via United Nations News Centre – Top UN officials mark 20th anniversary of declaration strengthening human rights.