Organization of training courses and theoretical-practical seminars for NGO members as well as other attendees interested in receiving specified training on United Nations mechanisms for the protection and promotion of human rights.


2018 CCIG Training Activities: fostering advocacy capacity for civil society organizations

CCIG continues its efforts to carry out several training activities for local human rights defenders and international NGO representatives. In accordance with its 2018 – 2022 Strategy and Action Plan, CCIG intends to foster a quality contribution by NGOs in the UN system through a complete and successful exercise of their consultative status. Accordingly, CCIG offers training courses and theoretical-practical seminars for NGO members as well as other attendees interested in receiving specified training on United Nations mechanisms for the protection and promotion of human rights.photo collage 2018

In 2018 CCIG offered several trainings tailored to the thematic priorities and expertise of the beneficiaries. In February, upon request of the Fondation Apprentis d’Auteuil, one-day training was addressed to the advocacy officers of the Foundation, aiming to stimulate a reflection on concrete actions to implemente its Strategic Advocacy Plan.

Moreover, in March, a three-days training session was organized for 12 NGO representatives of  El Foro de entidades de derechos humanos y paz del País Vasco, fostering opportunities for meeting experts in the field of human rights and Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the OHCHR UPR Branch and other stakeholders.

Finally, in the framework of its collaboration with the UNESCO Extea Center for Basque Country, CCIG facilitated two one-week trainings on United Nations mechanisms for the promotion and protection of Human Rights, which took place in Geneva in March and September 2018, in conjunction with the 37th and 39th sessions of the Human Rights Council.

Both training sessions were addressed to professionals working in the field of Arts education and cultural rights. In particular, the March session also offered the opportunity to organized the side event titled “Arts and Cultural Education as a Right”. For further information on the side event, click here.


CCIG Training for Journalists and Media Experts in the Basque Country.

In the framework of its collaboration with the UNESCO Extea Center for Basque Country, CCIG facilitated a one-day training on United Nations mechanisms for the promotion and protection of Human Rights. Addressed to 13 journalists and media and communication experts in the Basque Country, the training took place in the historical setting of the “Edificio La Bolsa”, in Bilbao on November 25th. While offering an overview of the notion and the historical background of Human Rights, the session focused IMG_6740on the United Nations’ commitment to addressing human rights violations, with special attention paid to the mechanisms established by the UN Human Rights Council, namely the Special Procedures and the Universal Periodic Review. Media and communication experts are called upon to accomplish a fundamental role in the dissemination of UN bodies’ recommendations at the national and local levels by raising awareness about the human rights commitments made by the State and in order to mobilize local Civil Society to take concrete actions aimed at improving the human rights situation in the given country.

Accordingly, a specific section of the training was devoted to showing the participants how to access UN information, in particular UN documents and reports on the main human rights challenges in Spain.

For more information on the training session please consult the UNESCO Extea website by clicking, here.


 

CCIG Initiatives for capacity building of Children’s Rights Defenders in Latin America

Guatemala City. The International Catholic Center of Geneva (CCIG), together with its member organizations Edmund Rice International (ERI) and Marist International Solidarity Foundation (FMSI) – organized a training for “Children’s rights defenders in Latin America”, which took place from 8 to 12February 2016, in Guatemala City, at the Marist Training Center.DSCN0188

The training aimed to contribute to the full implementation of children’s rights in Latin America, through training of 25 children’s rights defenders from different NGOs working with vulnerable children in five countries: Guatemala, Honduras, Bolivia, Nicaragua, El Salvador. Specifically, the training dealt with monitoring and follow up procedures of UPR recommendations focusing on children’s rights in the five countries concerned. Through theoretical presentations and practical exercises DSCN0088the participants were offered the opportunity to enhance their current activities on the topics, while also developing new strategies in collaboration with other partners. New forms of coordination nationally and regionally, in fact, constitute a great asset for successful advocacy actions. In addition to the presentations of the main trainers, Ms. Maria D’Onofrio (CCIG) and Mr. Manel Mendoza (FMSI), a panel discussion was held on Thursday 11 February, with the participation of Ms. Alexia Ghyoot (UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights – Guatemala), Ms. Dora Alicia Muñoz (UNICEF – Guatemala) and Ms. Anabella Sibrián (Plataforma Internacional contra la Impunidad).

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This training is part of a larger project carried out by CCIG – thanks to the support of the Republic and Canton of Geneva and Adveniat – in order to strengthen the advocacy capacity of civil society in the five countries concerned. Enabling local children’s rights defenders to undertake more effective advocacy actions would allow vulnerable children to truly benefit from the existing international human rights system set up to protect them.

The project’s next step will be the organization of a side event during the Human Rights Council session in June 2016 in order to bring valuable experience from the field to the attention of international decision makers.

For more accounts of the training  see articles by Edmund Rice International  and Marist International Solidarity Foundation.

For further information on CCIG training in Guatemala, please watch this video.