26th session of the Human Rights Council
The next session of the Human Rights Council (HRC26) will take place from to in Room XX, Palais des Nations.

Programme of work - Side events
More information on how to participate.
19th session of the Universal Periodic Review
The next session of the Working Group (UPR19) will take place from to in Room XX, Palais des Nations.

Timetable - Troika - Side events
More information on how to participate.
 

The Welcome Desk is here to help you!

    Announcements regarding the NGO Welcome Desk

  • We are now on Twitter, follow @NGOWelcomeDesk!
  • The NGO Welcome Desk website is now optimised for tablets and mobile phones.
  • Please fill out the survey below to help us identify your needs.

    Announcements regarding the Human Rights Council

  • The draft programme of work for the 19th session of the UPR is available here and the troika members here.
  • The deadline to receive written contributions from ALL stakeholders has been extended to 15 June 2014 for the 21st session of the UPR and to the 15 September 2014 for the 22nd session of the UPR. Stakeholder's submissions should be sent using the new "Online UPR submissions system".
  • The Human Rights Council elected its new bureau for 2014, from 1st January to 31st December. The elected President is Baudelaire Ndong Ella of Gabon. It also appointed Katerina Sequensová of the Czech Republic, Alberto D'Alotto of Argentina, Maurizio Enrico Serra of Italy, and Dilip Sinha of India to the positions of Vice Presidents.Katerina Sequensová was also elected to be Rapporteur.
  • The General Assembly elected 14 new members States to three years terms on Human Rights Council. Those elected were Algeria, China, Cuba, France, Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United Kingdom and Viet Nam. More information here.
  • Survey conducted by UPR Info and Mandat International about the process through which States draft their interventions for the UPR working group. The aim of this survey is to improve NGO's understanding of these processes, in a view to facilitate their interaction and advocacy efforts with States. Access the survey results here.
  • Useful resources regarding NGO participation in the Human Rights Council available here.
    Other Human Rights News
  • The informal inter-sessional meeting of the Working group on the Right to Development will be held from 3rd to 4th April 2014 in room XII at Palais des Nations. The 15th annual session will be held from 12nd to 16th May 2014 in room VII at Palais des Nations. Confirm the names of your representatives participating to r2d@ohchr.org. More information will be available on this website.
  • The third Optional Protocol to the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)on a Communication Procedures entered into force the 14th April 2014. It is now possible to submit communications to the CRC.
  • The deadline to submit your contributions to the Secretary General's report on moratoriums on the use of the death penalty is the 30 April 2014. Contributions should be a maximum of 1500 words and cover developments regardind moratoriums since 20 december 2012. They should be sent to registry@ohchr.org.
  • The draft Plan of Action for the third phase (2015-2019) of the World Programme for Human Rights Education is open for comment until 16 May 2014. Send your comments to registry@ohchr.org, copy to wphre@ohchr.org. More information here.
  • The draft General Comment on Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Right to liberty and security of person and freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention is now open for comments until 1 June 2014. More information here .
  • Call for contributions, by the Independent Expert on human rights and environment,about the best practices relating of the use of human rights obligations and commitments to inform, support and strengthen environmental policymaking, especially in the area of environmental protection. Submit your contributions until 30 June 2014 to ieenvironment@ohchr.org.
  • The High Commissioner for Human Rights is pleased to launch an information campaign against violence and discrimination towards LGBT. More information here.
  • The Civil Society Section of the OHCHR released a new Practical Guide for Civil Society: Human Rights Funds, Grants and Fellowships, available here.
  • The Civil Society Section of the OHCHR launch a new Practical Guide for civil society on how to follow up on United Nations human rights recommendations. The Guide is being translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish. Available in English here.