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The Human Rights Likeminded Office offers:

  1. Blog: Making it Simple

  2. Newsletter for UN professionals

  3. Bulletin: UN engagement opportunities

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The blog is available to all subscribers (via Patreon) for anyone who is interested in human rights or international affairs. UN professionals may also find it a useful resource for sharing information with colleagues at their headquarters.

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Newsletter for UN professionals

Colleagues working to advance human rights at the UN, including diplomats from likeminded countries, NGO representatives and UN officers, can sign up to our free newsletter here.
 

Bulletin: UN engagement opportunities (see below)

The bulletin is intended to offer a very concise overview of opportunities, compared to other available sources. It is organized conveniently so you can easily find relevant engagement opportunities matching your interests, whether you are an NGO representative or a delegate. It is updated regularly and available here for free. You may also wish to check out our blog post: An activist's guide for engaging with the UN for further explanation about ways to engage. Additional posts on civil society engagement are available in our blog's civil society collection.​

Bulletin: UN engagement opportunities

Calls for inputs

** Updated on April 26, 2024 **

Economic, social and cultural rights

  • Harm reduction for sustainable peace and development | By May 27, 2024 | Read here.

  • AI in education | By May 27, 2024 | Read here.

Gender

  • Violence against women in sport [EXTENDED] | By Apr 30, 2024 | Read here.

  • Electoral participation and SOGI | By May 2, 2024 | Read here.

  • Killing of LGBTQI+ people | By May 10, 2024 | Read here.

  • Women's participation in development | By May 27, 2024 | Read here.

** Note civil society concerns about engaging with the Special Rapporteur on violence against women.

Children

  • Online sexual exploitation of children | By May 15, 2024 | Read here.

Persons with disabilities

  • Persons with disabilities in the SDGs | By May 31, 2024 | Read here.

Racism

  • Institutional enabling of minority rights | By May 10, 2024 | Read here.

  • Racial justice in law enforcement | By May 24, 2024 | Read here.

  • Romani Memory Map for the Americas | By Jun 15, 2024 | Read here.

Indigenous Peoples

  • Indigenous Peoples' participation at the UN | By May 10, 2024 | Read here.

Miscellaneous

  • Guiding Principles on Sanctions | By Apr 30, 2024 | Read here.

  • Right to development in international cooperation [EXTENDED] | By May 10, 2024 | Read here.

Country-specific (including country visits)

  • Special Rapporteur on executions - visit to Ukraine | By Apr 26, 2024 | Read here.

  • Independent Expert on international solidarity visit to Denmark (including Greenland) [EXTENDED] | By Apr 30, 2024 | Read here.

  • Special Rapporteur on UCMs - visit to China | By Apr 30, 2024 | Read here.

  • Independent Expert on Somalia | By Apr 30, 2024 | Read here.

  • Special Rapporteur on racism - visit to Brazil | By May 24, 2024 | Read here.

  • Special Rapporteur on Belarus | By May 31, 2024 | Read here.

  • Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty - visit to Colombia | By Jun 14, 2024 | Read here.

  • Working Group on discrimination against women - visit in Dominican Republic | By Jun 15, 2024 | Read here.

  • Special Rapporteur on Burundi | No deadline - permanent open call for inputs | Read here.

  • Fact-Finding Mission on Sudan | By Jul 31, 2024 | Read here.

 

Sessions of inter-governmental bodies

Geneva

  • Intergovernmental Working Group on Durban 22nd session | Apr 29 to May 3.

  • Universal Periodic Review 46th session | Apr 29 to May 10.

  • World Health Assembly 77th session | May 27 to Jun 1.

  • Human Rights Council 56th session | Jun 18 to Jul 12 | Registration info to be announced.

  • Human Rights Council 57th session | Sep 9 to Oct 9 | Registration info to be announced.

  • Universal Periodic Review 47th session (dates TBD) | Oct 1 to Nov 30 | Written submissions by Apr 8.

New York

  • Commission on Population and Development 57th session | Apr 29 to May 3 | Written submissions deadline over. | Info on NGO participation here.

  • Open-ended Working Group on Ageing 14th session | May 20 to 22 and 24 | Written submissions deadline over | New NGOs registration deadline over.

  • NGO Committee | May 28 to Jun 5.

  • Meeting of States Parties of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights | May 29.

  • Joint meeting of the Executive Boards of UNDP/UNFPA/ UNOPS, UNICEF, WFP and UN-Women | May 31.

  • Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS, Annual session | Jun 3 to Jun 7.

  • ECOSOC, High-level political forum on sustainable development | Jul 8 to Jul 12.

  • ECOSOC, Ministerial meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development | Jul 15 to Jul 18.

  • Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS | Aug 26 to Aug 30.

Vienna

  • Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, 33rd session | May 13 to May 17.

  • International Narcotics Control Board, 140th session | May 20 to May 31.

  • Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, Technical Assistance, 50th session | Jun 3 to Jun 4.

  • Constructive Dialogues for the UNTOC Review Mechanism | Registration deadline over.

    • Technical Assistance & International Cooperation | Jun 7.
    • Trafficking in persons | Jul 10.

    • Smuggling of migrants | Jul 15.

  • ​Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, Trafficking in Persons, 14th session | Jul 8 to Jul 9.

  • Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, Smuggling of Migrants, 11th session | Jul 11 to Jul 12.

For assistance in drafting inputs for UN reports or statements for UN sessions and any other advice, contact us at info@HRLO.org. Our organization has also helped NGOs obtain ECOSOC consultative status, which is needed for most (but not all) engagement opportunities at the UN. You may also register for low-rate one-hour monthly consultations (via Patreon).

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