2024 Annual Meeting

From 6 to 8 May 2024 more than 250 participants from NHRIs, UN partners and civil society met in Geneva for the GANHRI 2024 Annual Meeting


With human rights, peace and security facing mounting threats across the globe, NHRIs from all regions gathered in Geneva to discuss areas for collaboration and strategies to prevent and address human rights violations, as part of the 2024 GANHRI Annual Meeting. 

More than 250 participants from NHRIs, UN partners and civil society took part in the discussions, held from 6-8 May 2024, which was co-hosted with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. 

“In such a challenging global environment, the Annual Meeting was a powerful reminder of how important it is for NHRIs to meet together, learn from one another and support each other in our vital work.”  –  GANHRI Chairperson Maryam Al Attiyah 

The 2024 Annual Meeting included:

  • GANHRI Bureau meeting  
  • GANHRI General Assembly meeting  
  • Knowledge Exchange sessions on the role of NHRIs in relation to torture and ill-treatment and on the rights of displaced and stateless persons  
  • 2024 Annual Conference on business and human rights 
  • Meetings of the regional NHRI networks of Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe 

GANHRI Bureau and General Assembly 

During the meetings of the GANHRI Bureau and General Assembly, GANHRI members discussed and voted on organisational matters, including adopting: 

  • A shared approach to support NHRIs in their work to prevent and address torture and ill-treatment, including to implement the Kyiv-Copenhagen Declaration 
  • A statement calling for the continuation of hybrid modalities at UN human rights bodies and mechanisms in Geneva to ensure the active participation of NHRIs, civil society and human rights defenders 
  • Annual work plan for the GANHRI Working Groups and the GANHRI Caucus on Human Rights and Climate Change  
  • The annual work plan for GANHRI’s Head Office and the organisation’s 2024 Budget.

Annual Conference

The role of and experiences of NHRIs in relation to business and human rights was the focus of our 2024 Annual Conference, with sessions examining: human rights, climate change and business activities; threats to online civic space and human rights defenders; and the evolving framework of business and human rights policy and regulations.

More than 80 NHRIs adopted the Outcome Statement on Business and Human Rights: the Role and Experiences of NHRIs, highlighting the unique contribution of NHRIs to support implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and its ‘protect, respect, remedy’ framework.

Knowledge Exchange

Two Knowledge Exchange sessions were held during the 2024 Annual Meeting to discuss NHRI experiences and good practices in relation to: preventing and responding to torture and ill-treatment; and practical steps to uphold the rights of displaced and stateless persons.