At UNHR, we are experts in the UN Human Rights Council, its thematic and country specific resolutions, the Universal Periodic Review, and treaty bodies like the Convention Against Torture. We have negotiated resolutions on new technologies, country-specific resolutions, freedom of assocition, and women and gender issues. We specialize in SDG related rights, fundamental freedoms, and non-discrimination. Our professionals have produced real change in human rights in Africa, Northeast Asia and the Middle East.
Whatever your need for professional or administrative help, UNHR can assist. Our student legal advisor program and skills work shops for diplomats have been very popular with diplomatic delegations around the globe. We can help generate publicity with a major side event at a UN meeting, provide a professional to speak on your behalf or help arrange the visit of a high-ranking official. All of these services are available for far less than it would cost you to post a representative in Geneva or New York. We know the issues and people, and hit the ground running to maximize your interactions.
Our experts stand at the forefront of debates on refugees and migration, including the Mediterranean crisis, the Rohingya, natural disaster or conflict-based displacement in Africa, and northward migration from Latin America. For example, we work with a range of tribes in Southern Libya helping them to overcome past resentment and find a common path forward toward greater freedom and prosperity Our solution-oriented experts also have deep experiences in transitional justice, mediation and negotiation issues.
Need support in your health diplomacy? Concerned about the impact of lack of transparency on the spread of a recent epidemic? Focused on the safety of key vulnerable populations as they receive medical support and treatment? Want to make a difference when doctors, nurses and other medical professionals are targeted in conflict and human rights situations? Whether responding to HIV/AIDS or building emergency surgical capacity, UNHR experts can lead you to a solution.
Our projects include a focus on:
- Improving sexual health and reproductive rights
- Adolescent health
- Creating resliency against terrorist and gang recruitment
- Mental health and stigmatization issues.
Our name is not an acronym for UN Human Rights as some people think. Rather, our name was chosen in a contest of young people as an image and collection of many different ideas that come together to form UNHR - from the universities we work with to the activities we undertake. UNHR is not part of the United Nations.
UNHR Geneva is a team of experienced diplomats and policy professionals who can enhance your organization’s interaction with the United Nations and its specialized agencies. We know the UN and its agencies inside and out and can use that knowledge to leverage your organization’s profile and promote the issues you care about in international Geneva and around the world.
UNHR Geneva can help maximize your leverage and your positive exposure, no matter what aspect of the UN is most important to you. We train. We advise. We negotiate. We educate. We draft interventions, resolutions, and articles. We monitor and report. We publicize and create side events. We build coalitions. We provide support staff ranging from interns and secretaries to seasoned diplomats and lawyers. We provide all these services at a fraction of the cost of sending a new representative to Geneva. Moreover, UNHR Geneva helps you hit the ground running: You don’t need to study new issues or glad-hand for contacts because we already know them.
Our areas of expertise, include:
· Legal reform, especially criminal and constitutional law
· Negotiation and advocacy with governments and delegations
· Business and human rights concerns
· UN Human Rights Council and treaty bodies
· Programming to advance democracy and governance
· Children’s rights, including child and youth development
- New technologies in specialized and traditional agencies
· Country-specific human rights concerns and connected sanctions
· Health and human rights, including protection of vulnerable groups
At UNHR, we aim to level the UN policy playing field by building capacity of smaller organizations and delegations so that they can better advance their perspectives. Our values emphasize working collaboratively across delegations to enhance security and improve the rule of law. Generating publicity on issues of human rights concern is one of our strengths but we prefer cooperation to confrontation and emphasize the benefit of producing real improvement in human rights and humanitarian affairs for those on the ground. In this way, our values reinforce our Mission: to promote human rights, international security, and the UN’s positive global role through advocacy, education, and negotiations.