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Regional workshop on the promotion of human rights culture as part of the SDGs

The National Human Rights Council (CNDH) and the Arab Network for National Human rights Institutions (ANNHRI) organize a high-level regional workshop on “The promotion of human rights culture as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” on 4 and 5 February 2020 at the Kenzi Menara Palace Hotel in Marrakech, Morocco.     

Representatives of the National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) members of the ANNHRI, representatives of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the Arab Institute for Human Rights and NGOs working in the field of human rights will participate in this event.

This workshop aims at enhancing the roles played by the Arab NHRIs in achieving the SDGs, particularly those related to the promotion of human rights culture. It is also an opportunity for stakeholders to share experiences and best practices and to study ways to face challenges related to human rights issues. Furthermore, this event intends to promote debates on ways to strengthen expertise and capacities.

This Regional workshop will be an occasion to enhance cooperation among Arab Institutions and consolidate the network’s relations with its international partners and all actors concerned. It also aims at coming up with a road map proposal to promote human rights culture as part of the SDGs.

The program of this event includes sessions on the general international framework for SDGs and the promotion of human rights culture and the role of NHRIs: experiences, best practices, and lessons learned. This workshop will also be an opportunity to discuss frameworks of cooperation between partners and the Arab network to implement the programs of NHRIs members at the regional level and present challenges and needs related to the promotion of human rights culture and the implementation of SDGs and its monitoring.

Mrs. Amina Bouayach, CNDH Chairperson, Mr. Ahmed Akhchichen, President of the Marrakech Safi Region, Mr. Issam Younis, President of the ANNHRI, Mr. Ali Bin Smaikh Al-Marri, Secretary of the Global Alliance for NHRIs (GANHRI), Mr. Sultan bin Hassan Al Jamali, Executive Director of the ANNHRI will take part in this event.

To be noted, NHRIs play important roles in achieving the SDGs, including goals related to equality and education, through their contributions in monitoring public policies and legislations related to the promotion of human rights, such as gender equality, peace and non-violence culture and encouraging cultural diversity. This was underscored in the Merida Declaration, which addresses the role of NHRIs related to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, following up on the implementation of these goals and elaborating reports on the progress of this implementation.