International Conferences

International Conferences are where NHRIs design their roadmaps and commit to joint work for the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide.

The International Conference for National Human Rights Institutions takes place every three years and aims at developing and strengthening the cooperation between NHRIs and to discuss relevant items on their agenda.

In particular the conferences aims to:

  • Provide a forum to promote the exchange of creative ideas, experiences with and among peer NHRIs
  • Identify, collectively, what constitutes best practice and what it means to implement the Paris Principles into reality
  • To discuss items on the agenda and ensure their follow-up at the national level.

The International Conference is hosted by a GANHRI member and GANHRI in cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.




Kyiv-Copenhagen Declaration 2023

Around 300 participants took part in the three-day 14th International Conference held in Copenhagen from 6-8 November 2023. The Conference examined the critical role of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in addressing and preventing torture and other ill-treatment. The Declaration sets out a range of practical actions that NHRIs will take as part of their promotion, prevention and protection work on torture and other ill-treatment.

Marrakech Declaration 2018

More than 260 NHRI representatives from around the globe met from 10 to 12 October in Marrakech, Morocco, to explore the roles and contributions NHRIs can have in expanding civic space and promoting and protecting human rights defenders, with a particular attention to women human rights defenders.