So, You Want to be the Next High Commissioner? 2014

Day 3 - 23 July 2014

  1. We started the third day of our training by continuing the Universal Periodic Review simulation, where NGOs were asked to lobby several heads of Departments from Arfuna and States to promote the rights, inter alia, of indigenous people, women, persons with disabilities. Again, our participants showed real dynamism and interest and amazed us with their ability to act as human rights defenders.
  2. At 10 am, an important event on the Human Rights Council's agenda resulted in suspending the Universal Periodic Review negotiations, The participants had the privilege to attend the Council's 21st Special Session on the situation in Israel and Palestine. Our HR Youth group had the tremendous chance to listen to the statements from the High Commissioner for Human Rights and from the President of the Human Rights Council.



  3. Participants then headed back to the training room where Mr. Olivier Coutau, from the CAGI (Centre d'Accueil-Genève Internationale) presented the origins of the establishment of Geneva as a paramount international city, its reliance on the establishment of the Red Cross Committee and the deliberations that led the League of Nations to settle in that town from 1920. He then focused on the prevailing role of international organisations in Geneva – including the importance of NGOs --  which represent no less than 28,000 individuals working in this area.

  4. Following lunch, we resumed our Universal Periodic Review simulation, where States and Departments of State delivered their oral statements. Our Education Officer, Aziel Philippos-Goulandris, provided feedback on such interventions, underscoring the high quality of our participants' work. The level of commitment from our HR Youth trainees was great! A special mention goes to our participant from UNA-Venezuela, Jaime Eduardo Merrick, who was particularly convincing in his role.


  5. Following the UPR session, Inès Bentolila and Elko Brunhelman shared their experience as UN interns and answered our participants questions about employment opportunities in the UN Offices in Geneva. They also gave some tips in order to leave a mark in the United Nations.  

  6. Participants finished the day with a visit of the UN Library, which was much appreciated, before heading back to the Human Rights Council to see the end of the Special Session.
  7. What a day! And the #HRYouth experience is not over yet! 
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