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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 and New York and bilateral presence in Brussels and Washington. We are training experts - supporting diplomatic skills for governments and advising on effective use of Artificial Intelligence in the military. Our free virtual intern program for SIDS/LDCs and training for new HRC members 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 field programs include work with partners in Libya, Myanmar, Afghanistan and China. Another example is our recent study on COVID-19 and human rights. 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. We also offer new training in Responsible AI in the military and risk mitigation. 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.
On March 24, INHR is holding a side event in Geneva on 'Challenges Faced by Small Delegations and Innovative Solutions' for participating ambassadors, professors and students in our Student Legal Advisor Program. Our program is a free initiative to help small delegations level the UN playing field. We are excited to hear from our panelists about their experiences overcoming resource limitations at the HRC!
INHR is excited to welcome Dr Barry O’Sullivan, who has recently joined us as Senior Technology Adviser. Barry is a PhD in computer science and Professor at University College, Cork (UCC), Ireland. He is founding director of the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics at UCC and the SFI Centre for Research Training in AI. Barry served as Vice Chair of the European Commission High-Level Expert Group on AI and is a Fellow and a past President of the European AI Association.
Together with INHR President Prof. Eric Richardson, they have organized the workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Diplomacy during the annual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, on 13 February 2023, in Washington DC . This workshop sponsored by INHR focused on opportunities and challenges of AI in Diplomacy. Experts addressed why the UN may not be the best entity for regulating AI at the international level and how tech experts can support diplomacy with data, crisis management, privacy and other analysis.
For more details, visit http://osullivan.ucc.ie/AIDip2023/ and inhr.org/responsible-ai-standards.
Five of the fifteen student legal advisors from this year's program have recently arrived in Geneva for their internships. After a semester of studies at the University of Michigan and UC Berkeley, they will now be supporting delegations of Marshall Islands, the Maldives, Kazakhstan, Bahamas and the Gambia at the Human Rights Council, contributing to leveling the playing field for SIDS/LDC delegations in the United Nations.
Read more about the INHR Virtual Legal Intern Program and see a dramatization explaining how it works.
INHR has recently finalized proceedings for the official establishment of an office in Brussels.
The Brussels branch will develop closer and more continuous partnerships with the European Union institutions on issues in the purview of our areas of work, including human rights, humanitarian affairs and the environment. It will also work with other partners based in Brussels to increase policy dialogue and build strategic partnerships that fulfill the organization’s goals.
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