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From the Human Rights Council to the High-Level Political Forum on the SDGs: Channeling UNRISD Research

14 Jan 2019


From the Human Rights Council to the High-Level Political Forum on the SDGs: Channeling UNRISD Research
UNRISD is teaming up with the Human Rights Council (HRC) to make sure that research findings on synergies between human rights and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development feed into this year’s High-Level Political Forum, which reviews progress on the SDGs.

At an intersessional meeting of the HRC on 16 January, convened specifically to foster interlinkages between different areas of work at the UN, UNRISD Director Paul Ladd will be speaking on global partnerships to support the synergies between human rights and SDG implementation. UNRISD will also be represented at the Knowledge Fair being held at 13.00-15.00 with a stand outside the Human Rights Council Room showcasing research from its ongoing programme of work as well as the platform it manages, socialprotection-humanrights.org.

The meeting will bring together a variety of stakeholders to share good practices, achievements, challenges and lessons learned in the promotion and protection of human rights and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Participants will include States, relevant United Nations and regional human rights mechanisms, United Nations agencies, funds and programmes, national human rights institutions and civil society organizations, providing UNRISD with an opportunity to share research findings with a broad range of practitioners and policy makers, and highlight the role that research can play in supporting their work. Indeed, policies that seek to address the challenges of sustainable development will only be effective if the choices made by decision makers are informed by the best available evidence.

UNRISD’s past research on reducing inequalities and its current focus on inequality not only as it affects the “bottom of the pyramid”, but also in relation to elite power and various forms of social mobilization pushing back against it, will be the evidence base behind Paul Ladd’s intervention, as well as UNRISD’s 2016 Flagship Report on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Through its participation in this meeting, UNRISD is able to make use of its unique location as a research institute with access to UN processes and ensure that its research, via the outcomes of the intersessional meeting, will both feed into the discussions at this year’s HLPF and support the work of the 40th session of the Human Rights Council, which will receive a report summarizing the discussions of the meeting.

Other speakers at the meeting include UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Michelle Bachelet, who will make an opening statement, and Ms. Mary Robinson (Chair of The Elders, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, and former President of Ireland) who will give a keynote address.


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What:Human Rights and the 2030 Agenda: Empowering People and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality”—Intersessional meeting for dialogue and cooperation on human rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development organized by the UN Human Rights Council

When: 16 January 2019, 10.00 – 18.00

Where: Room XX (E Building), Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

UNRISD interventions:
  • 16.00-17.30: Paul Ladd, UNRISD Director, panelist in Session 4: Global partnerships to support the synergies between human rights and SDG implementation
  • 13.00-15.00: UNRISD Stand at the Knowledge Fair outside the Human Rights Council Room showcasing research from UNRISD’s ongoing programme of work as well as the platform it manages, socialprotection-humanrights.org.


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