Sunday, May 10, 2009

Who else is at the UN?

As you can probably guess, we’re not the only ones in Geneva. We wanted to give you a short list of the main groups of people represented here and engaging in the process:

  • The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights – These 18 people are why everyone else is here. They come from around the world and from many different backgrounds. Click here to see a list of the people on the committee and to find out where they’re from.
  • The UK Government – These are representatives of the government being examined. The representatives are often civil servants working in England. There are usually representatives from the Northern Ireland Office as well.
  • Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) – These are human rights organisations – like PPR and groups like us – anti-poverty organisations, trade unions and more. These organisations usually want to make sure particular issues are emphasised during the process. The other groups from Northern Ireland here are CAJ, NICEM and the Human Rights Consortium.
  • Human Rights Commissions – These are non-departmental government bodies in charge of making sure human rights law is followed. The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) is here representing Northern Ireland.
We hope to be able to report on how all this works together. We will try to post interviews over the next few days with different people who you might be interested in hearing from.

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