Thursday, 22 November 2018

*DRAFT AGENDA

09.00 - 09.15 

Registration of participants and Morning Coffee 

Part I: Universality and Human Rights – the Universal Declaration’s Legacy in Central Asia and beyond

Goal: to discuss the principles of universality, interdependence, interrelatedness and indivisibility of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights, and an overview of achievements and challenges in the implementation of human rights obligations.

09. 15 -10. 30 

Session 1: Welcoming and opening speeches 

· OHCHR Senior Level Offical

· UNDP Assistant Administrator - TBC

· UNOG Director General  - TBC

· ODIHR Director

· Executive Secretary of CIS- TBC

Moderator: Representative of the National Human Rights Center of the Republic of Uzbekistan

 

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee break (Interview, press briefings)

11. 00 -13.00 

Session 2: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights – how does it inspire states to respect, protect and fulfil human rights for all in full compliance with the principles of universality, interdependence, interrelatedness and indivisibility of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights, while striving for progress in their development agendas?  

Objective of the session: 

To discuss the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international legal obligations in the field of human rights for the countries participating in the event. Participants are invited to describe major national achievements in implementing provisions of the UDHR and the UN human rights treaties in their laws, and what challenges their legislators and practitioners have to overcome in order to ensure the respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights for all. Participants can share best practices when the UDHR and the UN Human Rights treaties inspired national actors to adjust national laws and practices further in line international human rights standards.

Some of the questions that will be addressed in this session are:

How do policy-makers, law-makers and law-enforcers and state officials design policies, laws and implement practices in line with the principles of universality, equality, non-discrimination, effectiveness and inclusion, as well as the principles of interdependence and indivisibility of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights?

How are the most vulnerable groups in the societies being guaranteed equal and non-discriminatory access to all rights and how have they been provided with effective legal remedies in case of failure of duty-bearers to comply with human rights commitments?

What role do intergovernmental organizations play in assisting states in bringing their laws and practices closer in line with international human rights standards? How do authoritative recommendations of the UN human rights mechanisms help States tailor their legislation and implementation practices to be in line with international standards? How are decisions of the UN treaty bodies on individual communications implemented at the national level?

 

Expert presentations:  

· OSCE ODIHR Director - TBC

· Vice President of the Venice Commission – TBC

 

Country representatives (depending on the final LoP):

· Representative of the Parliament

· Representative of the Judiciary

· Representative of the executive branch of power

· Mr. Malkoc, Chief Ombudsman of Turkey - TBC

· Chair of the National Commission of Human Rights of Mongolia - TBC

·  - TBC

· International Partnership for Human Rights - TBC

 

Discussion, questions and answers.

 

Moderator: Ryszard Komenda, the OHCHR Regional Representative for Central Asia

 

13.00 - 14.00 

 

Lunch 

 

Part II: Human rights and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 

Goal: To provide a common understanding that the SDGs can be achieved effectively and efficiently, in an inclusive, participatory and accountable manner only if states are guided by fundamental human rights principles, provisions of the UN human rights treaties and relevant human rights indicators.  

14.00 - 15.00 

Session 3. Human rights as a basis to ensure sustainable development for all without exception.

Objective of the session: Review country experiences on the application of a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) in formulation and implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the national level. Participants will discuss how human rights compliance helps states achieve their development agendas in a non-discriminatory, inclusive, participatory and accountable manner. While countries start to design policies and programmes aimed at nationalizing the SDGs, they are looking for various formats on how to ensure effective monitoring and evaluation systems to track progress. If human rights indicators are integrated into such monitoring and evaluation plans, then states will be able to have parallel monitoring and data collection that will enable them to deliver consolidated reports reflecting both the development progress, as well as the level of compliance with applicable human rights obligations.  

The session aims to demonstrate that without respect to the principles of interrelatedness, indivisibility and interdependence of all rights, it is not possible to advance development.  If there is no enabling environment that respects civil and political rights, governments are less likely to receive adequate information on achievements in the sphere of economic and social rights. Only through having open channels of communication with its constituencies can states measure and boost their development progress.

Some of the questions that will be addressed in this session are:

Why is it important to ensure a HRBA to the implementation of development plans? What are best practices in ensuring a non-discriminatory, inclusive, participatory and accountable approach to attaining SDGs? What are human rights indicators and how do they facilitate a monitoring and evaluation system to track progress?

Expert Presentations:

· Professor Rajeev Malhotra, Professor and Executive Director, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy, India (focus on HRBA to SDGs implementation)

· Mr. Abashidze, member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)

· Ms.Nathalie Goulet, Senator, Chairwoman of French Central Asia Friendship Group, France)

Country representatives:

· Pakistan Human Rights Commission

· Representative of the Judiciary

· Representative of the Executive Branch of Power

· NGO representative (Women’s Committee Of Uzbekistan)- TBC

 

Discussion, questions and answers.

 

Moderator: Marcin Walecki, Head of ODIHR Democratization Department - TBC 

 

15:00 – 16:30

Thematic Working groups: Each working group will have to submit concrete proposals on the role of various branches of power and NHRIs in contributing towards the SDGs achievement, in line with international human rights standards. Participants will give examples of how various branches of power in their countries have aspired to advance human rights compliance through policies, laws and practices and how such positive actions furthered national development priorities.  Examples of landmark judicial decisions reaffirming the principles of equality and non-discrimination, examples of court practices that proved justiciability of economic, social and cultural rights; innovative solutions towards inclusive economic and social policies and programmes adopted by the executive branch; breakthrough legislative initiatives that elevated human rights fulfillment to a higher level; successful approaches in ensuring the participation of vulnerable groups in decision-making processes; forward looking policy proposals that promote equality and non-discrimination, inclusiveness and accountability of the state to its citizens.

· Thematic Working Group 1: role of government in ensuring respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights in order to achieve SDGs

Moderator: Helena Fraser, UN RC in Uzbekistan- TBC

· Thematic Working Group 2: the role of the legislative branch of power in ensuring respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights in order to achieve SDGs. Moderator:  TBC 

· Thematic Working Group 3: the role of judiciary in ensuring respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights in order to achieve SDGs.

· Moderator:  Ashita Mittal, UNODC Regional Representative -TBCThematic Working Group 4: the role of NHRI in ensuring respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights in order to achieve SDGs.

Moderator: Jennifer Croft, Deputy Head of ODIHR's Human Rights Department

 16:30 – 17.00

 Coffee break 

 

17.00 – 18.00

 

 

Presentations of the Thematic Working Groups’ Rapporteurs:

 

· Thematic Working Group 1

· Thematic Working Group 2

· Thematic Working Group 3

· Thematic Working Group 4

 

Questions and Answers

 

Moderator:  TBC

Part III: The role of various branches of power, NHRIs as well as civil society in ensuring respect, protection and fulfillment of human rights while achieving the SDGs.

Goal: To present and discuss specific mechanisms, tools and approaches that are used by different branches of power and NHRIs to ensure respect, protection and fulfillment of human rights with a goal of achieving the SDGs, in close cooperation and broad engagement with the civil society in the decision-making processes.

18.00 - 19.30

Session 4: Establishing national structures to monitor and report on SDGs implementation and how states can create an enabling environment and mechanisms for the civil society’s input into national decision-making processes in order to inform the national SDG’s implementation with independent and alternative views and opinions.

Objective of the session:

Participants will share best practices and examples of creating different platforms within different branches of power or experience of setting up inter-branches structures that would coordinate state’s monitoring and reporting on the SDGs implementation with obligatory input from the civil society. Participants will discuss pros and cons of various structures. Participants will also share best practices and examples of how civil society has been or can be engaged during all stages of SDG implementation.

During the discussion, participants will review examples that demonstrate that without an open and inclusive dialogue with the civil society, no state can come up with meaningful policies that would reflect the opinions of different societal strata.

Another important premises to ensure a HRBA to SDGs is to promote and support human rights education – its mainstreaming into curricula of various educational institutions as well as vocational training institutions of state officials, who have the primary task to implement and enforce the laws.

Some of the questions that will be addressed in this session are:

Why is the engagement of civil society in the process of implementation of SDGs a must? What mechanisms can be created to ensure engagement of civil society throughout the whole process of SDG implementation? What sort of monitoring and reporting mechanisms and structures have been created to monitor the implementation of SDGs with inputs from civil society? What can be the contribution of human rights education to all of the various processes?

 

Expert presentations:

· Dr. Kishore Singh, Former UN SR on the Right to Education

· International expert, Birgitte Feiring, Danish Institute for Human Rights  

· OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Committee on Democracy and Human Rights- TBC

 

Country representatives:

·  Sima Samar, Afghan Independent HR Commission of Afghanistan/Chair of Asia Pacific Forum of NHRIs – TBC

· Dr. Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri, chairman of the NHRC of Katar – TBC

· Speaker - TBC

 

Discussion, questions and answers.

 

Moderator:

Secretary General of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly - TBC

 

20.00 - 22.00 

Reception