Resolving UN Deadlocks
As a result of Rights and Humanity’s consensus building skills we have been called upon to assist in resolving conflict between governments on controversial issues at international conferences.
We played a critical role in forging consensus on:
- the Universality and Indivisibility of Human Rights in preparation of the World Conference on Human Rights, Vienna, Austria, 1993
- the right of adolescent girls to have access to reproductive health information and services at the World Conference on Women, Beijing, China, in 1995
- contentious issues affected by the Israeli/Palestinian conflict concerning anti-semitism, Islamophobia, Zionism, and the Holocaust; and calls for an apology and/or reparations for slavery; in preparation of the Racism Conference, Durban, South Africa, 2001.
Multi-stakeholder Consensus Building
Rights and Humanity has been described as the mortar between the bricks. We facilitate dialogue between all stakeholders in non-threatening environments. We bring together multi-disciplinary and multi-faith groups of people to prompt concerted action. These include representatives of governments, UN agencies, NGOs, academics, professionals and those most affected by any particular issue.
The conclusions of our Round Table discussions are then fed into the bodies responsible for international and national policy development on the issue under discussion. By including senior policy-makers and practitioners in our meetings we are able to have a direct impact on global policy and action.
Our recommendations have rapidly been taken up by inter-governmental bodies, governments, NGOs, corporations, community groups and individuals around the world.
By encouraging ownership of our human rights approach among these various stakeholders, the impact of our work reaches far beyond those with whom we work directly. In this way, our work benefits people throughout the world. This multiplying effect is one of the critical virtues of our approach.