NHRIs to strengthen cooperation in the face of mounting threats 

With human rights, peace and security facing mounting threats across the globe, national human rights institutions (NHRIs) from all regions will gather in Geneva to discuss areas for collaboration and strategies to prevent and address violations.

More than 200 representatives from NHRIs, UN agencies, States and civil society will take part in the GANHRI Annual Meeting and Conference, to be held from 6-8 May 2024.

“Collaboration is essential for us to respond effectively to the human rights challenges we face today,” GANHRI Chairperson Maryam Al Attiyah said.

“And those challenges are manifold: war, conflict and repression in all regions; the impacts of climate change; a shrinking civic space; economies stretched to breaking point; and a rising tide of prejudice, antipathy and social division,” Ms Al Attiyah said.

2024 Annual Conference 

Business and human rights will be the focus of discussions at the Annual Conference on 8 May, including:

  • The intersections between human rights, climate change and business activities, and the role of NHRIs to identify and lead action
  • The threats to online civic space and human rights defenders, in the context of technology and surveillance, and opportunities for NHRIs to initiate protection strategies
  • The evolving framework of business and human rights regulations, and the role of NHRIs to promote a ‘smart mix’ of measures.

The Conference will include opening presentations from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UNDP Administrator, and the President of the UN Human Rights Council. Panellists and presenters will include high-level representatives from NHRIs and leading civil society organisations, alongside UN experts.

NHRI Knowledge Exchange

GANHRI will also host two Knowledge Exchange sessions during the Annual Meeting (7 May) to examine:

  • The role of NHRIs to protect and promote the rights of displaced and stateless persons, including opportunities for NHRIs to engage with the Global Refugee Forum and through the global pledge programme.
  • The role of NHRIs to prevent and respond to torture and other ill-treatment, and developing a shared approach to support NHRIs implement the Kyiv-Copenhagen Declaration.

“With 2024 marking the 40th anniversary of the UN Convention against Torture, it is essential that NHRIs continue to be vocal advocates for the absolute prohibition of torture, at all times and in all places,” Ms Al Attiyah said.

An Outcome Statement will be adopted at the conclusion of the three-day gathering.

The Annual Meeting and Conference, co-hosted with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, will also include meetings of the GANHRI General Assembly, which will discuss and vote on organisational matters, as well as meetings of the GANHRI Bureau and the four regional NHRI networks, representing Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe.


GANHRI 2024 documents