February 21, 2016 (Arbanon Blog) – On 6 June 2013, an expert consultation on international enforcement mechanisms was convened by the United Nations (UN) Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order, Dr Alfred de Zayas, at UN’s Palais des Nations in Geneva.
20 participants were invited to speak, including two UN staff, professors from US universities, and the civil society sector.
The consultation’s objective was to seek the inputs of experts on how international enforcement mechanisms can contribute to a more democratic and equitable international order, in line with the expert’s mandate.
The outcome of the consultation helped the expert to identify recommendations in his 2013 report, submitted to the UN General Assembly, including recommendations to states and stakeholders.
I was invited to speak on two important subjects, namely the role of civil society and social networking:
- Session 3: International enforcement mechanisms as a means to achieve an international order that is more democratic and more equitable – Initiatives from Civil Society
- Session 4: Social-networking to promote International enforcement mechanisms
In total, the consultation was a great experience and a wonderful opportunity to exchange views on how international enforcement mechanisms can promote a more democratic and equitable international order.
Photo credit: OHCHR.org, Blerim Mustafa (private), Future of Human Rights Forum (Martin Andrysek)
Expert Consultation “International enforcement mechanisms”, 6 June 2013: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/IntOrder/Pages/ExpertConsultationInternationalenforcement.aspx
Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/IntOrder/Pages/IEInternationalorderIndex.aspx