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The Independent expert on human rights and international solidarity

Mr. Obiora Okafor, independent expert on human rights and international solidarityThe independent expert on human rights and international solidarity is appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council to develop a draft declaration on the right of peoples and individuals to international solidarity.

The mandate of the independent expert on human rights and international solidarity was created in 2005 by the predecessor of the Council - United Nations Commission on Human Rights (see resolution 2005/55). In 2014, the Council extended the mandate for a further period of three years (see resolution 26/6). In 2017, the Council further extended the mandate by another period of three years (see resolution 35/3) , and appointed Obiora Okafor as Independent Expert.

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The mandate

In renewing its commitment to promoting human rights and international solidarity in resolution 35/3, the Human Rights Council, inter alia:

  • Request[ed] all States, United Nations agencies, other relevant international organizations and non-governmental organizations to mainstream the right of peoples and individuals to international solidarity into their activities, to cooperate with the Independent Expert in his or her mandate, and to supply all necessary information requested by the mandate holder, and requests States to give serious consideration to responding favourably to the requests of the Independent Expert to visit their countries to enable the Independent Expert to fulfil his or her mandate effectively;
  • Request[ed] the Independent Expert to continue to participate in relevant international forums and major events with a view to promoting the importance of international solidarity in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially those goals relating to economic, social and climate issues, and invites Member States, international organizations, United Nations agencies and other relevant organizations to facilitate the meaningful participation of the Independent Expert in these international forums and major events;
  • Reiterat[ed] its request to the Independent Expert to take into account the outcomes of all major United Nations and other global summits and ministerial meetings in the economic, social and climate fields and to continue to seek views and contributions from Governments, United Nations agencies, other relevant international organizations and non-governmental organizations in the discharge of the mandate of the Independent Expert.

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CH-1211 Geneva 10
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E-mail: iesolidarity@ohchr.org