GANHRI BUREAU MEETING
Monday, 6 March 2017 (10:00 - 13:00)
Palais des Nations, Geneva, Room XVII
Record of decisions
Prof Dr Beate Rudolf (GANHRI Chairperson, Germany); Montserrat Solano Carboni (GANHRI Secretary, Costa Rica); Dr Chemuta Divine Banda (Africa Regional Chair, Cameroon); Byambadorj Jamsran (Asia Pacific Regional Chair, Mongolia); Lora Vidovi (Europe Regional Chair, Croatia) accompanied by Tatjana Vlai (Croatia); Dr. David Alonzo Tezanos Pinto Ledezma (Bolivia) accompanied by Dr. Jaime Quiroga (Bolivia);
Mohammed Fayek (Egypt) accompanied by Hala Elseman, Ahmed Haggag, Mohamed Naguib (Egypt); Alilou Sam-Dja Cisse (Togo); Bongani Majola (South Africa);
Dr Adolfo Jos Jarqun Ortel (Nicaragua), acompanied by Maynor Aragon;
Gillian Triggs (Australia) accompanied by Padma Priya Raman (Australia); Dr Ali Al Marri (Qatar) accompained by Maryam Abdulla Al-Attiya, Saad Sultan Al-Abdulla, Saeed Ajiyan Al-Samikh, Ali Salman Alsulaiti and Najwa Abdulrahman Al-Thani (Qatar); Justice H.L. Dattu (India) accompained by Satya Narayan Mohanty and Sharad Chandra Sinha (India);
Sirpa Rautio (Finland); Ucha Nanuashvili (Georgia) accompanied by Lara Jamarauli (Georgia);
Luis Raol Gonzlez Prez (GANHRI Finance Committee Chairperson, Mexico) accompanied by Hector Davalos Martinez (Mexico) and Consuelo Olvera Trevio (Mexico);
David Langtry (Chairperson, GANHRI Sub Committee on Accreditation) accompanied by Marie-Claude Landry and Tabatha Tranquilla (Canada);
Ramiro Rivadaneira Silva (Chairperson, GANHRI WG on SDGs, Ecuador), accompanied by Patricio Benalczar and Paulina Salazar Beltran (Ecuador);
Driss El Yazami (Chairperson, GANHRI WG on Business and Human Rights, Morocco), accompanied by Mourad Errarhib, Ghizlaine Kabbaj and Khalid Ramli (Morocco);
Lee Sung-ho (Chair, GANHRI WG on Ageing, Korea), accompanied by Hyoung Seok Cho, Soyoung Hwang, Yunkul Jung and Sookhyun Oh (Korea);
Gilbert Sebihogo (NANHRI Secretariat); Kieren Fitzpatrick (APF); Debbie Kohner (ENNHRI Secretariat);
Michael Windfuhr (Germany); Rosa ktem (Germany); Jan-Michael Arend (Germany;
Alan Miller (GANHRI Special Envoy); Florence Simbiri-Jaoko (GANHRI Special Envoy);
Ileana Bello (GANHRI Operations Manager); Katharina Rose (GANHRI Geneva Representative); Agns Grcia Corber (GANHRI Geneva Assistant Geneva Representative); Stphanie Louvier (GANHRI Finance and Admin Officer); Stphane Riquez (GANHRI Intern);
Vladlen Stefanov (OHCHR NRCS); Ana Patricia Graca (UNDP); Sarah Rattray (UNDP);
NHRI of: Afghanistan; Algeria; Canada; Denmark; El Salvador; Fidji; Ivory Coast; Jordan; Kenya; Myanmar; Namibia; New Zealand; Norway; Oman; Rwanda; Senegal; Zambia, Zimbabwe; and representatives of the Arab Network for National Human Rights Institutions.
The Bureau confirmed that a quorum was present for the meeting.
The Bureau received opening remarks from the GANHRI Chairperson Prof Dr Beate Rudolf.
Adoption of the agenda
The Bureau adopted the meeting agenda.
Adoption of the record of decisions (RoD) of the previous Bureau meeting (Berlin, October 2016)
The Bureau adopted the draft Record of Decisions.
Highlights form the regions and partners: UNDP & OHCHR
The Bureau received highlights from the regions:
from Chemuta Banda (Cameroon) for Africa;
from David Ledezma (Bolivia) for the Americas (in writing);
from Kieren Fitzpatrick on behalf Bambadorj Jamsran (Mongolia) for Asia Pacific, and
from Lora Vidovic (Croatia), for Europe.
The Bureau received a presentation from Jennifer Warren, Chief, Planning Programme and Evaluation Service, OHCHR, on the development of OHCHRs new management plan.
The Bureau received perspectives and priorities from Ana Patricia Graca, Policy Advisor for Human Rights and Rule of Law in UNDPs Bureau for Programme and Policy Support.
Proposed statute amendments, rules of procedure and adoption of the Bureau procedure for dealing with challenges
The Bureau received and considered the proposed amendments to the statute, and decided to recommend them to the General Meeting for adoption.
SCA rules of procedure and process for challenges
The Bureau received and adopted:
the proposed amendments to the SCA rules of procedure; and
the proposed Bureau procedure for dealing with challenges.
The Bureau noted the comments by the NHRC of India concerning Articles 14.1 and 2 and 16.2 of the Statute, and Rule 4.5 of the SCA Rules of procedure, as well as the summary notes of the APF High Level Roundtable (at Doha, 22 February 2017) submitted to the GANHRI Chairperson and their request that further discussions on these matters take place at its next meeting in 2017.
Item 6 to 7
Report of the Finance Committee
The Bureau received the report from the Finance Committee for the period since the last Bureau meeting in October 2016, from Finance Committee Chair Luis Ral Gonzlez Prez (Mexico) and endorsed the following recommendations:
1. The Bureau noted the financial information and the auditors report;
2. The Bureau requested the Finance Committee in consultation with the Chairperson to continue to develop processes to promote the payment of subscription fees by members;
3. The Bureau decided to waive the subscription for 2016 for the Office of the Ombusperson of Samoa;
4. The Bureau decided to waive the subscription fee for 2017 for the Defensoria of Colombia.
Doc.06b_Fee waiver request Colombia
Doc.06c_Fee waiver request Samoa
Updated version of the 2017 budget
The Bureau received an oral presentation from Michael Windfuhr (on behalf of the GANHRI Chairperson) and adopted the updated version of the 2017 budget.
Progress report and projects activities, including Special Envoys
The Bureau received the progress report for the period 1 September and 31 December 2016.
The Bureau received an oral update from Ileana Bello GANHRI Operations Manager and Katharina Rose GANHRI Geneva Representative.
The Bureau requested the Chairperson:
1. To develop a strategy for GANHRIs contribution to the Global Compact on Migration in consultation with NHRI leads and the Special Envoy;
2. To continue mobilizing resources in partnership with OHCHR and UNDP and in collaboration with regional networks and Special Envoys for the Joint Programme;
3. To initiate a process for GANHRI to become a member of the Global Alliance for reporting progress on promoting peaceful, just and inclusive societies; and
4. To initiate the process for GANHRI to become member of the Inter Agency Working Group to End Child Immigration Detention.
Annexes_Paper on the Global Alliance; ToR IAWG
Reports from the Working Groups (Ageing; Business & Human Rights; SDGs)
The Bureau received the report (in writing) from the Chairperson of the Working Group on Ageing (Korea).
The Bureau requested the GANHRI Chairperson to develop a strategy for contribution to the OEWG in consultation with Bureau members and the GANHRI Working Group and Special Envoy, including the preparation of a report to contribute to the 2017s session theme; and
The Bureau decided to encourage broad participation by interested NHRIs in the next OEWG in July in 2017 and in the 2017 ASEM Conference; to provide the WG with updates on their initiatives; and to include in their advocacy the rights of older persons.
Business and Human Rights
The Bureau received the report (in writing) from the Chairperson of the Working Group on Business and Human Rights (Morocco).
The Bureau received the draft MoU with the OECD and requested the Chairperson to sign the final version.
Sustainable Development Goals
The Bureau received the report (in writing) from the Chairperson of the Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (Ecuador).
Doc.10a_WG on Business & Human Rights
Doc10b_WG on Ageing
Approval of Strategic Plan 2017-2019
The Bureau received the strategic plan for the period 2017 to 2019 and an oral introduction by the GANHRI Chairperson.
The Bureau decided to recommend the strategic plan to the General Meeting for adoption.
Doc.11_Draft Strategic Plan
Approval of Implementation Plan 2017
The Bureau received the implementation plan for 2017 and an oral presentation from Michael Windfuhr (on behalf of the GANHRI Chairperson), and endorsed the implementation plan.
Doc.12_Draft implementation plan
SCA report and other matters (including General Observations, Practice Notes)
The Bureau received an oral presentation from SCA Chair David Langtry (Canada).
The Bureau noted the resources challenges the SCA continues to face, which also affects the use of languages at the SCA, including the lack of Arabic translation.
The Bureau received and endorsed the amendments to the General Observations and new practice notes.