All articles from: October, 2010

Item 4.3 Advisory Committee and Complaint Procedure

The United States believes it is important for victims to be able to seek redress through an individual complaint procedure. However, such a mechanism must be effective. This review process should improve the functioning of this procedure.

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Item 4.4 Agenda and Framework for Programme of Work, Methods of Work and Rules of Procedure

Specifically, the United States proposes requiring delegations to submit a list of any resolutions they plan to table during a Council session before that session begins, and to table the first draft of all resolutions one week before the tabling deadline, although exceptions will need to be made for crisis situations.

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Writing America's Universal Periodic Review – Brochure


On November 5, 2010, the United States will present its first national report under the Universal Periodic Review before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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Color In Freedom: Journey Along the Underground Railroad

Joseph Holston, American cubist, abstractionist traveled one of the paths of the Underground Railroad to draw inspiration for "Color In Freedom" (Photo courtesy of artist)

The United States Mission to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva is pleased to announce Color in Freedom: Journey along the Underground Railroad, an exhibition of 50 paintings, etchings and drawings by Joseph Holston created to capture the struggle for freedom, and expression within the framework of the first half of the 19th century in America before the abolition of the institution of slavery. Color in Freedom will be on displayed at the Palais des Nations, Mezzanine, E Building (Access via Pregny Gate, Door 40) from November 1 through November 12, 2010.

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Human Rights Council 2011 Review – U.S. Statement on UPR Process

The United States believes the Universal Periodic Review is a positive contribution to the international human rights agenda and an essential component of the Human Rights Council. The UPR process can be improved to fulfill its potential to promote and protect human rights. The United States proposes several improvements to the UPR process.

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Ambassador Donahoe's Remarks at UN Watch Luncheon

Ambassador Eileen Donahoe speaking at UN Watch Luncheon

I would like to express my appreciation to UN Watch and especially Hillel Neuer for inviting me to speak with you this afternoon. I took up my position as the first U.S. Ambassador to the Human Rights Council just seven months ago, so I see this as a wonderful opportunity to exchange views on our common values…

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A/S Brimmer on Advancing the Status of Women Around the World

Resolution 1325 recognized that women, who, after all, comprise over half the world’s population, must have a key role in resolving conflict, and that the absence of that role only inhibits conflict resolution. This was quite a departure for the United Nations – a breakthrough in how we conceptualize conflict, how we define peace and security issues.

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Open-ended Working Group, Human Rights Council 2011 Review

The overall goal of this review should be to ensure that the Council is able to live up to its potential as the UN’s primary organization for promoting universal respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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Statement by the United States at the October 25, 2010 DSB Meeting


• Mr. Chairman, the United States provided a status report in this dispute on October 14, 2010, in accordance with Article 21.6 of the DSU.

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Commemoration of United Nations Day

Since its founding 65 years ago, the United Nations has been an indispensable forum for our shared pursuit of peace, economic prosperity, and universal human rights.
If ever there were a time for strong international cooperation, it is now – as we face complex transnational challenges, from humanitarian crises to violent extremism, from failing states to crippling pandemics and climate change.

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