OHCHR – The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is part of the UN Secretariat. One of its main functions is to lend service to the Human Rights Council and its Special Rapporteurs and Independent Experts dealing with human rights. It also serves the treaty-established Committees which oversee the various human rights conventions. The OHCHR is spearheading research in the two broad fields of civil and political rights as well as economic, social and cultural rights. Having established human rights-related work as a major pillar of our work as a political foundation, FES Geneva has entered into close collaboration with OHCHR in various fields, with common activities in the area of economic and social rights. Joint seminars have been conducted among others with regard to the Right to Development and to “Guiding Principles” on Business and Human Rights. Regular consultations with the Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights and the support of their work on “General Comments” form part of our work as do jointly organized “Side Events” at the Human Rights Council.
A Universal Logo for Human Rights
Following an international initiative, the new Human Rights Logo was presented during the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York on 23. September 2011. As a universal symbol, the Human Rights Logo can help to draw attention to human rights violations and give a voice to those fighting for their rights.