Human Rights Council: 37th session


Human Rights Council: 37th session 

The Human Rights Council will hold its thirty-seventh regular session from 26 February to 23 March 2018 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

  1. Programme of work
  2. Coverage
  3. Resolutions
  4. Side events
  5. NGO participation and submission deadlines
  6. Further information

1. Programme of work

Panel discussions

Annual high-level panel discussion on human rights mainstreaming
Theme: The promotion and protection of human rights in the light of the universal periodic review mechanism: challenges and opportunities

High-level panel discussion on the seventieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action

Annual full-day meeting on the rights of the child
Theme: Protecting the rights of the child in humanitarian situations

Annual interactive debate on the rights of persons with disabilities
Theme: Article 13 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities regarding access to justice

High-level panel discussion on violations of the human rights of children in the Syrian Arab Republic

Debate on promoting tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect for diversity in the context of combating racial discrimination (Commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination)

2. Coverage

A live Webcast service will be available under the Council’s webpage, covering the plenary session online. Relevant and updated information on the 36th session of the HRC will be regularly posted on the HRC Extranet.

You can log-in using the following details:

Username: hrc extranet

Password: 1session.

3. Resolutions

Selected resolutions set to be tabled and discussed will appear on the official HRC session website once they are made available.

4. Side events

2 March
12:00 - 13:30 - Children's rights and the Environment - Room XXV
5 March
10:30 - 12:00 - Protecting Environmental Defenders - Earthjustice, CIEL - Room XV
6 March
15:00 - 16:00 - Sexuality education: rights and reality - Action Canada for Population and Development - room XXVII
16:30 - 18:00 - Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children side event on "Surrogacy and the sale of children" - room XXII 
7 March
8:30 - 10 am - Promoting quality alternative care in humanitarian situations - UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, ISS, and others - Room VIII
16:30 - 18:00 - Protecting Human Rights in the context of climate change - GeCCco, CIEL, Earthjustice - Room XXIII
8 March
9:30 - 11:00 - Expert level meeting 'Working together on a Global Study on children deprived of liberty' - OHCHR, NGO Panel for the Global study, Room XII
12 March
13:00 - 14:30 - The Rights of future generations - Permanent Mission of France, CIEL, Room XXIV
13:30 - 15:00 - Human Rights in Cyberspace, Permanent missions (PM) of Germany and Israel - Room XXV

5. NGO participation and submission deadlines

Please consult the HRC NGO Participation page for further information. A practical guide for NGO participants (about accreditation, attending the session, access to the public gallery, requesting a room for a parallel event, making an oral statement, documentation and resources, and participation in general, etc.) [Arabic - Chinese- English - French - Russian - Spanish]. Before you request for accreditation to the HRC/UPR sessions and related meetings, please ensure that you have finalized the annual accreditation of your NGO with the United Nations Office at Geneva. For more information on annual accreditations, please consult the following website:

6. Further Information

  • Subscribe to our monthly "Child Rights at the United Nations" CRINmail

  • Read CRIN's guide on the Human Rights Council

  • Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights: Press releases are issued by the HRC on a daily basis during HRC sessions and are available on the OHCHR website. In addition, relevant documents are posted on the Human Rights Council extranet.

Civil society news and perspectives are available on the following websites:

  • CONGO (Conference of NGOs in consultative relationship with the UN)

  • ISHR (International Service for Human Rights)




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