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31st regular session of the Human Rights Council (29 February to 24 March 2016)


Documents: Provisional agenda, Draft programme of work, list of reports

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Programme of work (provisional; subject to change)
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List of reports for the 31st session of the Human Rights Council
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Annual high-level panel discussion on human rights mainstreaming
Theme: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and human rights, with an emphasis on the right to development

High-level panel discussion on the fiftieth anniversary of the International Covenants on Human Rights: universality, indivisibility, interdependence and interrelatedness of all human rights

Panel discussion on climate change and the right to health

Annual interactive debate on the rights of persons with disabilities
Theme: Article 11 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies

Annual full-day meeting on the rights of the child
Theme: Information and communications technology and child sexual exploitation

Panel discussion on the progress in and challenges of addressing human rights issues in the context of efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030

Panel discussion on the human rights dimensions of preventing and countering violent extremism

Panel discussion on the incompatibility between democracy and racism

Debate on the state of racial discrimination worldwide (Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination)
Theme: Challenges and achievements of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action – 15 years after

Annual thematic discussion on technical cooperation
Theme: Technical cooperation and capacity-building to promote and protect the rights of all migrants, including women, children, older persons and persons with disabilities

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Homelessness: surviving at the peripheries
Homelessness is not a personal failure but the consequence of the systemic denial of the rights of homeless people, says UN expert on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha.
UN Human Rights Chief Zeid presents his annual report to the Human Rights Council
The UN Human Rights Chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein voiced concerns about the harassment and the violations of the rights of human rights defenders in the past year.
High Commissioner calls for end to pressure on human rights
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called on States and others to relieve the pressure and suffering on people caused by continued human rights violations.