Seminar on the enhancement of international cooperation in the field of human rights (Geneva, 15 February 2013)

The Seminar will be held on 15 February 2013  in Palais des Nations, Room XXI, from 10.00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


At its nineteenth session, in its resolution 19/33, the Human Rights Council  requested  the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to organise a seminar on the enhancement of international cooperation in the field of human rights, with the participation of States, relevant United Nations agencies, funds and programmes, and other stakeholders, including academic experts and civil society, in addition to members of the Advisory Committee. The seminar will build on a study prepared by the Advisory Committee (A/HRC/19/74)  including the recommendations contained therein.  The report of the seminar will be submitted to the Human Rights Council at its twenty-third session.


With the overall objective to further develop the concept and definition of the international cooperation in the field of human rights and promote a coherent approach to operationalize such a definition, the Seminar will specifically:

  • Provide a space for further dialogue for States, experts from the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee, treaty bodies and special procedures, as well as academia and civil society, to further clarify and discuss the legal definition of international cooperation in the field of human rights;
  • Share  experiences and good practices enabling the reinforcement of international cooperation in the field of human rights; and
  • Identify and discuss the areas and the role of key actors (UN agencies, funds and programmes) in international cooperation, including the role the United Nations can play to promote international cooperation in the field of human rights.


The Seminar will consist of presentations by invited experts, followed by an interactive dialogue. The concept note of the Seminar is available here.   The draft programme is available here.


Representatives of  Member States, UN agencies, academia and  civil society and other relevant stakeholders,  are  invited  to participate. Interpretation will be available in the six languages of the United Nations. Written contributions may be submitted and will be circulated during the Seminar. They should be sent electronically, in English or French, to by 8 February 2013.


Member States, national human rights institutions, academic institutions and non-governmental organizations wishing to accredit representatives to participate in the seminar are invited to register using the registration form and returning it together with a request bearing the organisation's letterhead and signature, preferably by email to, (or by fax + 41 22 917 9011). Badges will be available for pickup on 15 February 2013 at the Security Identification Section located at Pregny Gate entrance, Palais des Nations, Geneva.