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Group of Independent Eminent Experts on the Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

Purpose

The Durban Declaration and Programme of Action was adopted at the 2001 World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (WCAR), held in Durban, South Africa. Paragraph 191 (b) of the Durban Programme of Action "requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, in follow-up to the Conference, to cooperate with five independent eminent experts, one from each region, appointed by the Secretary-General from among candidates proposed by the Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights, after consultation with the regional groups, to follow the implementation of the provisions of the Declaration and Programme of Action."

In 2002, the General Assembly adopted resolution 56/266 which [r]equests the Secretary-General, in accordance with the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, to appoint five independent eminent experts, one from each region, from among candidates proposed by the Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights, after consultation with the regional groups, to follow the implementation of the provisions of the Declaration and Programme of Action.

About the Mandate

In 2002, the former Commission on Human Rights established the terms of reference for this Group in its resolution 2002/68. These terms were readjusted in May 2003 through resolution 2003/30.

The Group of Independent Eminent Experts meets yearly to examine progress on the implementation and follow-up to the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.

More about the mandate of the Group of Independent Eminent Experts

Current members

Members of the Group of Independent Eminent Experts on the Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

  • African States: Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, CFR, OCORT, scholar-diplomat, Founder/Chairman of the Board of Directors of Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development (since May 2018)
  • Asia-Pacific States: Dr. Saied A. Ashshowwaf, Associate Professor of Strategic Planning, Member of the Saudi Human Rights Council (since May 2018)
  • Eastern European States: Her Excellency Hanna Suchocka, former Prime Minister of Poland (since June 2003);
  • Latin American and Caribbean States: Ms. Edna Maria Santos Roland of Brazil, General Rapporteur of the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (since June 2003);
  • Western European and other States: Vacant

Former members include:

  • His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan; 
  • Mr. Martti Oiva Kalevi Ahtisaari, former President of Finland; 
  • Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim, former Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania, former Secretary-General of the Organization of African Unity and former President of the United Nations General Assembly.