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Cooperation between OHCHR and the International Organization of Francophonie (OIF)


Cooperation between OHCHR and OIFCooperation between the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights(OHCHR) and the International Organization of Francophonie (OIF) was first formalised on 8 September 1997, by signing in Geneva of a Framework Cooperation Agreement between the two organizations. A Joint Commission (consists of the High Commissioner and the Secretary General of the Francophonie) to coordinate and harmonize the activities of the two parties was then introduced.

On September 25, 2007, the High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour and the Secretary General of la Francophonie, Abdou Diouf signed their Roadmap (Feuille de route) at the meeting of the Joint Commission in Geneva.

With this roadmap, the OHCHR and OIF were staffed for the first time a timetable of activities and actions to be jointly implemented over a period of several years.

Roadmap (Feuille de route) signed by OHCHR and OIF is built around three pillars:

  • Priority 1: Implementation of the main international instruments in the field of human rights
  • Priority 2: Prevention and resolution of crises and conflicts
  • Priority 3: The fight against discrimination and promoting diversity

On October 7, 2009, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, and the Secretary General of La Francophonie, met for a new Joint Commission decided to renew the agreement for 2 additional years. 

Reference documents on the partnership

Some examples of projects and activities conducted in the framework of the partnership



Seminar on the justiciability of economic, social and cultural dimensions

  • Seminar on the justiciability of economic, social and cultural dimensions of 21 to 23 February 2011, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
    Déclaration (PDF) and Rapport (PDF)
  • Advocacy for the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural rights
    Plaidoyer Mali 2010 (PDF)
    Plaidoyer Sénégal 2010 (PDF)
  • Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, November 5, 2010, Geneva
    Sommaire (PDF)
  • 2nd francophone seminar on the Universal periodic review UPR, 22-23 May 2010 Rabat, Morocco
    Rapport séminaire EPU Rabat 2 (PDF)


  • Conference on the treaty bodies and the role of national human rights on issues of migration in West Africa, 9-12 November 2009, Bamako, Mali
    Rapport Conférence de Bamako 2009 (PDF)
  • UPR Workshop Dakar 2009
    Séminaire EPU Dakar 2009 (PDF)
  • Sub-regional seminar on monitoring recommendations of the Rights of the Child for States of West Africa, Ouagadougou, 6-8 November 2007
    Rapport final (PDF)

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