Geneva, 9 March 2018
The Association Miraisme International attended a Meeting of NGOs with the United
Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on March 9, 2018. Particular attention has
been given to this meeting because the term of the United Nations High Commissioner for
Human Rights, Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, ends this summer.
At the beginning of the meeting, the High Commissioner made a short opening statement in
which he spoke about the importance of NGOs and their role as a main leverage between
governments and civil societies. Mr. Al Hussein also pointed out that the cooperation of the
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights with civil society remains
a strategic priority for the work of the Office.
The most of the meeting time was dedicated to answering the questions raised by the
present NGOs to the High Commissioner. The most frequent questions were related to the
possibility of visiting some regions, various reports and investigations, ways the office can
support civil societies on the ground in certain areas, as well as voicing ideas and
suggestions to the work of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human
Rights. The current Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kate Gilmore, also
participated in the discussion answering for some questions, and together with others
thanked Mr. Al Hussein for his work as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human
Rights since September 2014.
Note: The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is a United Nations agency that
works for the protection and promotion of all human rights for all people by representing
the world's commitment to universal ideals of human dignity.