Event information

24 October 2023, 15:00-17:00


GHRP Annual Conference

UN General Assembly Third Committee Meets with Civil Society UN General Assembly Third Committee Meets with Civil Society
Amnesty   ISHR   Rosa Luxembourg     URG

The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) is a subsidiary body of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and, as such, its resolutions pass by the UNGA Third Committee for confirmation. A number of resolutions and discussions on reports by UN special procedures are thus directly set in the Third Committee.

This public workshop forms part of the 2023 Annual Conference of the Geneva Human Rights Platform in New York. Co-organized with Amnesty International, the International Service for Human Rights, the Rosa Luxembourg Stiftung New York Office and the Universal Rights Group, it will explore the connectivity between the HRC and the UNGA Third Committee. Aimed primarily at small delegations, and drawing on the GHRP Training Hub’s expertise, it will untangle the links between these two bodies by providing an overview of the functioning and challenges of the Geneva-based human rights mechanisms, their relationships to New York-based mechanisms, and of recent HRC resolutions and political dynamics in Geneva. The event will then zoom in on specific HRC resolutions to showcase the role of the HRC in human rights normative development and in ensuring accountability through its mechanisms.


  • Stefania Di Stefano, Project Officer, Geneva Human Rights Platform


  • Andreas Gunther, Executive Director of the New York Office, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

Part One: The Geneva-Based Human Rights System and How it Links to New York

  • Virginia Bras Gomes, Member of the GHRP Advisory Board and former Chairperson, UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Part Two: Resolutions of the HRC – political dynamics in Geneva

  • Marc Limon, Executive Director, Universal Rights Group (URG)

Part Three: HRC Resolutions: Practical Examples

  • Phil Lynch, Executive Director, International Service for Human Rights


About the Geneva Human Rights Platform Annual Conference

You can find here information about the other panels/events that form part of the 2023 Annual Conference in New York.

This annual flagship public event one-day public event open to all human rights actors  – diplomats, experts, NGOs, members of UN treaty bodies, Special Rapporteurs, international organizations, National Human Rights Institutions and academics – addresses current issues and challenges in the work of Geneva-based human rights mechanisms.



This event may be filmed, recorded and/or photographed on behalf of the Geneva Academy. The Geneva Academy may use these recordings and photographs for internal and external communications for information, teaching and research purposes, and/or promotion and illustration through its various media channels (website, social media, newsletters, annual report, etc.).

By participating in this event, you are agreeing to the possibility of appearing in the aforementioned films, recordings and photographs, and their subsequent use by the Geneva Academy.


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