13 November 2017

Graduate Institute and UN human rights office to collaborate on human rights activities

The Graduate Institute and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance their cooperation on human rights activities. The MoU, signed at Maison de la Paix on 9 November by Institute director Philippe Burrin and UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kate Gilmore, sets the framework for close collaboration on a wide range of research, training and outreach projects.

The Institute and the UN Human Rights Office will be looking to jointly develop and implement policy-related research projects, and OHCHR will collaborate with the Institute’s Applied Research Seminars, which will see inter-disciplinary master students working on a real-world research project with UN human rights staff.

The two organisations also plan a series of joint conferences, roundtables, workshops, panel discussions and other events for the international community, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights will benefit from the Institute’s executive education programmes.

The MoU follows similar recent agreements with Médécins sans Frontières (October 2017) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (April 2017).

On 13 November, the Institute and OHCHR organised Accountability at 50 years: Pursuing Justice in the Occupied Palestinian Territoryan event chaired by professor Paola Gaeta exploring the state of human rights in Palestine today.