Tuesday, 05.10.2021 - Online

Expert Seminar: Building Back Better – With Human Rights and SDGS at the Centre. The Role of United Nations Special Procedures (SPs) and Treaty Bodies (TBs).

This expert seminar invited UN special procedures mandate holders, treaty body members as well as OHCHR staff and NGO representatives to discuss their role played in monitoring SDGs and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCRs) during the COVID-19 Crisis (2020-2021) and the role to be played in pushing States and other stakeholders to build back better, or to build a new social contract for a new era, with human rights and SDGs at the centre.

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This seminar jointly organized by the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and the FES Geneva Office builds on previous workshops hold by both organizers to allow an exchange on specific topics between the SP mandate holders , TB members as well as OHCHR staff and invited NGO representatives.  The seminar provided opportunities to discuss links that can be made with the Sustainable Recovery Pledge launched in June 2021, and to discuss recommendations made by the Geneva Academy in its Practical Manual on ESCR and the SDGs released in June 2020 as an outcome of a joint expert seminar on ‘ESCR and Sustainable Development – Strengthening the Role of UN Human Rights Mechanisms in Monitoring the SDGs that Seek to Realize ESCR’ put together in 2018.

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