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Pacific States to meet and boost participation of SIDs

November 17, 2019 4:43 pm

Government officials in the Pacific region together with the President of the Human Rights Council will meet in Fiji on Tuesday for a three-day workshop.

They will be joined by a representative from Small Island Developing States to explore ways to strengthen the participation of SIDS in the 47-member Council aiming to improve human rights conditions in their countries.

The three-day workshop will bring together 24 former delegates from the 12 UN member states of the Pacific Region who have either participated in a regular session of the Geneva-based Human Rights Council, or in a Fellowship Programme.

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The meeting will provide a unique opportunity for the delegates to exchange views on their experiences at the Council and as Fellows to help translate those experiences into concrete results seen by improved human rights situations on the ground.

The workshop, which marks the first official visit of a sitting Human Rights Council President to the Pacific region since the global human rights body was established in 2006, aims to ensure that human rights concerns, challenges and opportunities regarding LDCs/SIDS are included, sustained and strategically addressed in the HRC’s agenda.

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