Human rights are today under pressure by the COVID-19 pandemic, the rise of autocratic states, and new human rights problems. The work conducted at the United Nations Human Rights Council, the foremost international body tasked with human rights promotion and protection, is therefore of increasing relevance. Membership in the UN Human Rights Council has attracted the Nordic countries in recent years with Iceland serving half a term in 2018-2019, Denmark 2019-2021, and Finland having announced its candidacy for 2022-2024.
The aim of the webinar is to discuss Nordic experiences in the UN Human Rights Council as well as future prospects for involvement. The following questions will be addressed: What lessons can be learnt from Nordic memberships? Do the countries differ in their human rights policies? What are Finland’s policy priorities? Why are the Nordics needed on the UN Human Rights Council?
Mika Aaltola, Director, FIIA
‘Nordic Experiences in the UN Human Rights Council: Iceland and Denmark’
Katja Creutz, Leading Researcher, FIIA
‘The Finnish Candidacy for 2022-2024’
Paula Parviainen, Ambassador, Unit for Human Rights Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Ann-Mari Fröberg, Team Leader, Unit for Human Rights Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
‘Why are the Nordics Needed on the UN Human Rights Council’
Måns Molander, Nordic Director, Human Rights Watch
Pia Hansson, Director, Icelandic Institute of International Affairs, University of Iceland, Reykjavik