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FOCUS September 1999 Volume 17

Terms of Reference for a Regional Human Rights Adviser for the Asia-Pacific Region

Mandate

1. The General Assembly established the programme of advisory services in the field of human rights in its resolution 926 (X) of 14 December 1955.

2. In the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (Part II, para. 7), "The World Conference on Human Rights recommends that Human Rights officers be assigned if and when necessary to regional offices of the United Nations with the purpose of disseminating information and offering training and other technical assistance in the field of human rights upon the request of concerned Member States ...".


Functions

3. The Regional Human Rights Adviser would provide assistance to countries of the region in connection with the implementation of technical cooperation programmes particularly in the areas referred to in the Framework for Regional Cooperation agreed upon in Tehran; be available for consultation with Governments on technical cooperation-related issues; assist, at the request of Governments, in developing technical cooperation programmes; participate as a resource person in seminars, workshops and other forums organized by the Governments of the region.


Administrative and logistical arrangements

4. The Regional Adviser would be based in a United Nations office or UNDP regional office in the region (e.g. ESCAP) and provided with basic administrative and secretariat support from within that United Nations or UNDP office.


Budget

5. The Regional Adviser would be funded from the regular technical cooperation budget of the United Nations available to OHCHR. That budget complements assistance available to developing countries under other United Nations programmes.


Source: Annex I, EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF HUMAN RIGHTS MECHANISMS: NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND REGIONAL ARRANGEMENTS (E/CN.4/1999/94)


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