Technical Briefing, Tuesday, 16 July 2013


  • Member States: Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Comores, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands (the), Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Republic of Korea (the), Romania, Russian Federation (the), Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland (the), United States of America (the), Uruguay, Venezuela (the Bolivarian Republic of), Vietnam.
  • Other participants: European Union, Holy See (the), Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, State of Palestine.

List of speakers


  • Flavia Pansieri, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • André Doren, Chief, External Outreach Service (EDM)
  • Jane Connors, Chief, Special Procedures Branch (HRCSPD)
  • Mercedes Morales, Chief, Donor and External Relations Section (EOS/EDM)
  • Craig Mokhiber, Chief, Development and Economic Social Issues Branch (RRDD)
  • Ibrahim Salama, Director, Human Rights Treaty Division
  • Jennifer Worrell, Chief, Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Service (PPMES/EDM)

Member States (in chronological order)

  • Pakistan
  • Cuba
  • Russian Federation (the)
  • Mexico
  • Switzerland
  • Montenegro
  • Norway
  • Turkey
  • Ireland
  • Finland
  • India

Written Statements by Member States

Main points discussed

Institutional issues (planning, financial, management)

  • The priorities for the next planning cycle and the link to the priorities set out in the Strategic Framework.
  • The financial situation and the need for extra-budgetary resources to support mandated activities.
  • The outcome of the functional review, namely the challenges identified and the recommendations made by the consultants.
  • The composition of the staff of the Office and geographic balance at the senior management level.

Substantive issues

  • In relation to Special Procedures, criteria used for country visits as well as information on the breakdown of costs for headquarters work, travel etc.
  • Follow-up to the UPR recommendations, including allocation of funds to the activity and the politicization of the UPR process.
  • Issues in relation to the treaty body strengthening process as well as difficulties with availability of treaty body documents in languages.

Audio files of interventions in chronological order

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