The Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council: Thematic Lecture and Interactive Dialogue with Ms. Asma Jahangir, Chair of the Coordination Committee of Special Procedures

Over the past two years, ROB has been advocating for increased engagement of all actors in the South-East Asia region with the Special Procedures. Following the ROB Workplan 2008-2009, ROB is organizing an activity promoting the work of the Special Procedures, to be held at the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok. Ms. Asma Jahangir, Chair of the Coordination Committee of Special Procedures is invited as the keynote speaker. ROB counts on the presence of Ms. Jahangir, in the realization of this activity.

Thematic Lecture and panel discussion presented to official representatives of states in the South-East Asia region and to key human rights focal points and resident coordinators of selected United Nations agencies. Ms. Asma Jahangir, Chair of the Coordination Committee of Special Procedures for 2008 2009, will be the keynote speaker for this activity. Her presentation will focus on the continued and increasing significance of the work of the Special Procedures. Ms. Jahangirs presentation will be followed by a panel discussion where Ms. Mara Bustelo, Coordinator of the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Unit at the Special Procedures Division of the Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights will provide an invaluable Secretariat perspective on the work of the Special Procedures and Mr. Homayoun Alizadeh, Regional Representative for South-East Asia, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights will provide a regional perspective.

Following the Thematic Lecture, Ms. Asma Jahangir, Chair of the Coordination Committee of Special Procedures for 2008 2009, will participate in an Interactive Dialogue on lessons learned regarding civil society engagement with the Special Procedures. This dialogue will be open only to human rights civil society organizations with a regional presence. The focus of this event will be to provide a more detailed and technical understanding in order to enhance the capacity of civil society engage with the various Special Procedures mechanisms and mandates, and to discuss the key role of civil society organizations in supporting the work of the Special Procedures.