Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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Civil Society

‘The determination and integrity of civil society actors working for human rights bring me, and perhaps bring to you, a sense of humility, a feeling of a great and powerful debt being owed, and the will to continue working for the equal and inalienable dignity and rights of every human being.’
Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Every day in every part of the world, civil society contributes to the promotion, protection and advancement of human rights. Whatever they call themselves -- human rights defenders, human rights NGOs, bar associations, student clubs, trade unions, university institutes, bloggers, or charities working with discriminated groups -- civil society actors work for a better future and share the common goals of justice, equality, and human dignity.
OHCHR's cooperation with civil society remains a strategic priority because it bolsters our shared objectives, helps to address our mutual concerns, and supports the Office’s human rights mission and initiatives.
A dynamic, diverse and independent civil society, able to operate freely, knowledgeable and skilled with regard to human rights, is a key element in securing sustainable human rights protection in all regions of the world.
OHCHR is dedicated to building knowledge and skills about international human rights standards among civil society actors, and promoting civil society participation in decision-making processes.
OHCHR is also dedicated to protecting civil society space. Countries have the primary responsibility to protect civil society actors, but when their space, or they themselves, are at risk because of their work to advance human rights, the international community, including OHCHR, has a shared responsibility to support and protect them
You may access this page in ArabicChinese,FrenchRussian or Spanish
(A-C-F-R-S)
Working with the United Nations Human Rights Programme: A Handbook for Civil Society
Handbook for Civil Society coverThe essential reference to understanding what UN human rights mechanisms are and how to contribute to and benefit from their work.Download the handbook in A-C-E-F-R-S. You can also download one chapter at a time. 
The Handbook is also available in English and French CD-Roms in DAISY and Braille formats for persons with visual and print disability.


The Civil Society Section is the unit in OHCHR dedicated to strengthening engagement between civil society and the United Nations human rights programme.

OHCHR Civil Society Section

Office of the High Commissioner 
for Human Rights
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Telephone: + 41 (0)22 917 9656
Email:civilsociety@ohchr.org

Download the Civil Society leaflet:
Arabic - Chinese -English - French -Russian - Spanish



Download OHCHR’s series of practical guides for civil society:

Civil Society Space and the United Nations Human Rights System - A Practical Guide for Civil SocietyCivil Society Space and the United Nations Human Rights System - A Practical Guide for Civil Society Available in A-C-E-F-R-S
The Guide is also available inArmenian | Azeri | Dhivehi |Macedonian | Portuguese |Romani | Romanian | Tetun
How to Follow Up on United Nations Human Rights Recommendations - A Practical Guide for Civil Society src=How to Follow Up on United Nations Human Rights Recommendations - A Practical Guide for Civil SocietyWhat you need to know about your contribution to the implementation of recommendations of human rights mechanisms
Available in A-C-E-F-R-S
The Guide is also available in:Armenian | Finnish | Georgian |Swedish | Tetun
United Nations Human Rights Council - A Practical Guide for NGO ParticipantsUnited Nations Human Rights Council - A Practical Guide for NGO Participants
What you need to know about attending the Human Rights Council.
Available in A-C-E-F-R-S
United Nations Human Rights Council - A Practical Guide fUniversal Periodic Review - A Practical Guide for Civil SocietyUniversal Periodic Review - A Practical Guide for Civil Society
What you need to know about attending the Universal Periodic Review Working Group.
Available in A-C-E-F-R-S
The Guide is also available in:Dhivehi
Social Forum of the Human Rights Council - A Practical Guide for Civil SocietySocial Forum of the Human Rights Council - A Practical Guide for Civil Society
What you need to know about attending the Social Forum.
Available in A-C-E-F-R-S
Human Rights Funds, Grants and Fellowships - A Practical Guide for Civil SocietyHuman Rights Funds, Grants and Fellowships - A Practical Guide for Civil SocietyWhat you need to know about training and funding opportunities for human rights.
Available in A-C-E-F-R-S
Order your copies of guides and publications from publications@ohchr.org

Human Rights videos

What is it? Two Minute Introductory videos on human rights[For subtitles in more than 15 languages, click on "cc" in the YouTube viewer.]

What is a Human Right? 
An introduction to human rights, and the UN’s work to promote and protect human rights.
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What is the Human Rights Council?
An introduction to the UN Human Rights Council.
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What is a Human Rights Treaty Body?
An introduction to the UN human rights treaty bodies.
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WE received this.

OHCHR Civil Society Section civilsociety@ohchr.org via auth.ccsend.com 

7:21 AM (17 hours ago)
to me
Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Flavia Pansieri
Farewell Message

Dear Friends,

As I leave the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to begin a new chapter in my life, I wanted to take the opportunity to express my sincere appreciation for your collaboration and support.

Over much of my career, my conviction in the fundamental role that civil society plays in pushing for positive economic, social and political change, has remained steadfast.

Curbing violence, bringing peace to conflicted communities, or reducing extreme poverty does not happen because of good words on paper, nor because of well-meaning public officials, diplomats or international organizations alone.

Change happens when selfless women and men, united by a vision for something better--through sheer ingenuity and perseverance--succeed in getting others to think and act a little differently. In these past three years at OHCHR, meeting with you and seeing your efforts up close, I continue to be inspired by the power of your work, and as I prepare to leave the UN, I am looking forward to join your ranks as an advocate.
 
Our success in promoting and protecting human rights is underpinned by you. I am confident that my successor in OHCHR, Ms. Kate Gilmore, will bring much new wisdom and vigor to this post based on her long-standing experience, and that she will enjoy your support as much as I have.

On the eve of the holiday season, and a new year, I wish you and your families good health and even greater successes.

Warmest regards,

Flavia Pansieri
Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights
 
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