The relevance of the Declaration on Right of Peoples and Individuals to International Solidarity

Side event at the 26th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council

The mandate of the Independent Expert on human rights and international solidarity was established in 2005 (Commission on Human Rights resolution 2005/55). The Independent Expert is tasked to study the issue of human rights and international solidarity and to prepare a draft declaration on the right of peoples and individuals to international solidarity, taking into account the outcomes of all major United Nations and other global summits and ministerial meetings in the economic and social fields, and seeking views and contributions from Governments, United Nations agencies, relevant organizations and non-governmental organizations as well as from other relevant actors representing the broadest possible range of interests and experiences. The NGOs co-organizing this parallel event are supporting and/or are interested in the mandate of the Independent Expert on International Solidarity and Human Rights and advocate for International Solidarity. During the 26th regular session of the Human Rights Council, Ms. Virginia Dandan, the Independent Expert on human rights and international solidarity will deliver her report with the first draft of the declaration. Being the debate on declaring international solidarity as a right still controversial, this event wonted to be helpful for Governments and Civil Society to better understand the relevance and added value of the right to international solidarity as well as its juridical contents.

Co-organizing NGOs - Members of the Geneva CINGOs WG on RtD and IS

  • Associazione Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII
  • Caritas Internationalis (International Confederation of Catholic Charities)
  • Organisation Internationale pour le Droits à l’Education et la Liberté d’Einsegnement
  • Dominicans for Justice and Peace (Order of Preachers)
  • Istituto Internazionale Maria Ausiliatrice
  • New Humanity


  • Association Points Coeur
  • VIDES International
  • Geneva Catholic Inspired NGOs Forum


  • Mr. John BINGHAM - Advocacy Officer, International Catholic Migration Commission and Coordinator, Global Forum on Migration and Development - How the Right to International Solidarity could have an effective impact on the life of people in need – the example of migration.
  • Ms. Virginia Dandan - Independent Expert on Human Rights and International Solidarity - The draft Declaration on the Right of Individuals and Peoples to International Solidarity.
  • Prof. Maria Angeles Cano - University of Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid (Spain) - The draft Declaration on the Right of Individuals and Peoples to International Solidarity within the existing International Law system.
  • Ms. Nahida Sobhan, Counsellor of Political Affairs - Permanent Mission of the Republic of Bangladesh to UNOG - Relevance of the Right to International Solidarity on the perspective of a developing country.


  • Ms. Maria Mercedes ROSSI - Main Representative to the United Nations, Associazione Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII

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