GANHRI members to meet in New York to set priorities for strengthening NHRIs around the globe and engage in 14th session of the OpenEnded Working Group on Ageing  

Members and representatives of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), Regional Chairpersons and coordinators from the four NHRI regional networks, and GANHRI members from all regions are set to meet in New York this week to discuss priorities for strengthening NHRIs around the globe, and engage in the 14th session of the Open Ended Working Group on Ageing, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

GANHRI in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), is set to convene the 2024 TriPartite Partnership (TPP) Annual Review Meeting on May 23-24 in New York.  

This significant event will gather representatives from National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), their regional networks (Africa, NANHRI; Americas, RINDHCA; Asia Pacific, APF; and Europe, ENNHRI), and UN partners to discuss joint strategies and set priorities for strengthening NHRIs’ work and advancing human rights worldwide. 

Established in 2011, the GANHRI-OHCHR-UNDP TriPartite Partnership (TPP) seeks to foster closer collaboration between the UN system and NHRIs, enhancing their ability to address pressing human rights challenges. 

The TPP Annual Review Meeting serves as a crucial platform for UN partners, NHRIs, and their regional networks to set joint priorities and support mechanisms for advancing human rights. This year’s meeting is particularly significant as it will reflect on the current phase of TPP programming, drawing to a close in 2024, and identify future needs and support for NHRIs amidst global human rights challenges. 

The Annual Review Meeting will focus on: 

  • Strengthening Collaboration: Enhancing cooperation among NHRIs, TPP partners, and the broader UN system to advance human rights through shared priorities and opportunities for engagement 
  • Raising Awareness: Highlighting the vital role of NHRIs in promoting human rights across the globe 
  • Peer Exchange: Providing a platform for NHRIs to share practical knowledge, good practices, and reflections 
  • Monitoring and Evaluation: Utilizing a learning approach to identify innovations and forward-looking priorities for future TPP programming. 

Discussions will cover key thematic areas requiring increased attention and support including climate change and the environment, digitalization and Human Rights Defenders and NHRIs at risk. 

On 22 May, the GANHRI Chairperson and GANHRI Regional Chairpersons and members will also address a high-level event hosted by the United Nations President General Assembly on Public accessibility and inclusivity: developing strategic initiatives to raise awareness on the role and work of Ombudsman and mediator institutions in the promotion and protection of human rights, good governance and the rule of law. 

GANHRI and Regional Networks will be also meeting to discuss and further coordinate implementation of the GANHRI Strategic Plan and shared priorities under the NHRI.EU.3 project.  

Throughout the week, GANHRI, regional networks and NHRIs from all regions will be engaging in and contributing to the 14th session of the UN Open Ended Working Group on Ageing, set to meet in New York from 20-22 and 24 May in New York, to discuss trends and identify opportunities to further strengthen the protection of older persons’ rights.  

“This session of the Open Ended Working Group on Ageing marks the most significant number of NHRIs participating, across all regions. This is a testimony to the urgent need for dedicated attention to older persons’ rights, and to the important voice that NHRIs can bring to global discussion at hte OEWGA session” said GANHRI Chairperson Maryam Al Attiyah. “I am further pleased at the OEWGA’s recent decision to extend participation rights also to GANHRI and NHRI regional networks, mirroring practices established at the UN Human Rights Council”, she further commented.  

On the sidelines of the Annual Review Meeting and the 14th UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWGA) held in New York from 21-22 and 24 May, GANHRI is hosting a side event entitled “Bridging the Gap: National Human Rights Institutions Protecting and Upholding Older Persons’ Rights”. The event aims at enhancing the understanding of the human rights challenges confronting older persons globally and facilitating dialogue, knowledge sharing and collaboration among diverse stakeholders. 

The event is co-sponsored by the GANHRI Working Group on Ageing and the Human Rights of Older Persons, the United Nations Development Programme, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Permanent Mission of Georgia to the United Nations, the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations. 


Concept Note TPM 2024  Agenda TPM 2024