The United Nations Office in Geneva is the second largest UN Centre, after New York. It is a focal point for multilateral diplomacy, human rights, labour, peace and security. The UN’s Human Rights Council and its human rights review mechanisms are based in Geneva, including the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), the Commission of the Rights of the Child (CRC), and the UN’s Refugee Agency, alongside the International Labour Organisation (ILO). For SI’s UN Representatives in Geneva, these human rights mechanisms offer a critical opportunity to provide recommendations to governments to ensure that actions are taken to promote gender equality and women’s and girls’ access to their human rights and fundamental freedoms.
SI’s current Representatives to the UN in Geneva are Berthe De Vos (Centre Contact), Stacy Ciulik and Donatella Benjamin. The thematic areas that SI’s UN Representatives focus on in Geneva include human rights, education, labour, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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