On June 30, INHR's Advisory Council held its inaugural meeting. The Council provides INHR with an even stronger team to implement your projects, as well as experience and oversight from some of the world's best human rights experts, which include:
Paula Schriefer, United States, Chair
Fawzia Koofi, Afghanistan
Clement Voule, Togo
Philip French, United Kingdom
Joel Millman, United States
INHR President Eric Richardson moderated a side event discussing Daesh, Boko Haram, Sri Lanka, North Africa and other situations where human rights are violated in the name of counterterrorism. Read more about the event, organized by our partner Biro Diawara of RADDHO in the May 2022 edition of Afrique Education (Photo credit Jean Paul Tedga, Afrique Education).
INHR was recommended for UN consultative status during the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations’ regular session in May and June 2022. This success grants INHR experts access, and facilitates our engagement with, the United Nations including at the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, and the Human Rights Council, among others. Fewer than 1/2 of the NGOs considered by the Committee were approved, in a sign of the ongoing challenges for civil society in the UN system.
INHR is a U.S.-registered 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to improving access to the United Nations and enhancing the effectiveness of small and mid-sized states and NGOs. We offer strategic advice, training, research, and capacity-building to maximize the impact of your interaction with UN agencies in Geneva, New York and beyond. With COVID-19 limiting travel, we can be there for you in most of the UN's major hubs. Training for new HRC members and our free virtual intern program for SIDS/LDCs are just a phone call away.
Our team of diplomats, lawyers and policy experts provide information and programs that help to make international standards more meaningful by showing how they are implemented in practice. We value improvement of international standards and work to show the meaning of these standards beyond the walls of the United Nations. Our recent study on COVID-19 and human rights is one example. This work also leads us to help implement programs on human rights and development in areas such as atrocity prevention, health and human rights, and humanitarian affairs.
NGOs, business and trade groups, and civil society organizations use our representation services to advocate effectively before UN bodies on human rights, health and other issues. We have helped companies understand health impliciations of UN resolutions, shown lawyers how to advocate for accountability, and helped NGOs fund environmentally sustainable supply chains. Our training programs include advocacy, public speaking, donor relations, and specialized training for individual UN agencies, funds and programs. As part of our commitment to a level playing field, we work with civil society organizations from all countries but only represent delegations from small and medium-sized countries.
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