Tuesday, June 16, 2009

United Nations New Independent Expert on Cultural Rights: Call for Nominations

Call for Nominations - UN New Independent Expert on Cultural Rights

The Deadline for Submission of Nominations for the New UN Independent Expert on Cultural Rights is 24 July 2009.

The UN Human Rights Council has just announced the creation of the Special Procedure Mandate position of Independent Expert on Cultural Rights.

The person in this three year position will be responsible for:

Identifying the best practices in the promotion of cultural rights at the local, national, regional, and international levels

Identifying possible obstacles to the promotion and protection of cultural rights and to submit proposals and/or recommendations to the Human Rights Council on possible actions in that regard

Working in cooperation with States in order to foster the adoption of measures at the local, regional, and international levels aimed at the promotion and protection of cultural rights through concrete proposals enhancing sub regional, regional, and international cooperation in that regard

Studying the relation between cultural rights and cultural diversity, in close collaboration with States and other relevant actors, including in particular UNESCO, with the aim of further promotion cultural rights

Integrating a gender and disabilities perspective into his/her work

Working in close coordination, while avoiding unnecessary duplication, with intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, other special procedures of the Human Rights Council, the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, as well as with all other relevant actors representing the broadest possible range of interests and experiences, within their respective mandates, including by attending and following up on relevant international conferences and events.

Any Government, Regional Group operating within the United Nations human rights system, international organization or its office (e.g. the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights), non-governmental organization, other human rights body or interested individual party can nominate candidates for this position.

Direct Link to New UN Mandate Notice on Independent Expert on Cultural

UN Special Procedures - Nomination, Selection and Appointment of Mandate Holders http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/chr/special/nominations.htm

Contact: hrcspecialprocedures@ohchr.org

HRC Secretariat, c/o Meena Ramkaun

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Room PW 4-037

Palais des Nations

8-14 avenue de la Paiz

CH-1211 Geneva 10

Tel: +41 (0)22 917 97 07, Fax: +41 (0)22 917 90 08

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