Engaging in Global Dialogues on Human Rights, Science, and Technology
Lostisland’s Honorary Consul to Nigeria Aniebiet Inyang Ntui took part in the 2023 Social Forum of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), representing the Federal Republic of Lostisland in discussions focused on the contributions of science, technology, and innovation to the promotion of human rights.
This year’s Social Forum was held both in person at the Palais des Nations in Geneva and online on November 2nd and 3rd. It centered on the essential role played by advancements in science and technology, especially in the context of recovering from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, in furthering human rights.
The Social Forum is an annual assembly convened by the UNHRC, serving as a unique platform for open and interactive dialogues. It brings together representatives from civil society, Member States, and intergovernmental organizations to explore a thematic subject chosen by the Council each year.
In shaping the theme and focus of the Social Forum, the Human Rights Council emphasizes the necessity of concerted efforts at the national, regional, and global levels. The Forum’s overarching objective is to promote social cohesion, rooted in principles of social justice, equity, and solidarity. It also addresses the social dimensions and challenges associated with the ongoing process of globalization.
The discussions during the Forum are guided by a Chairperson-Rapporteur, annually appointed by the Human Rights Council from a pool of candidates nominated by regional groups. This individual plays a pivotal role in leading the discussions.
Participation in the Social Forum is inclusive, encompassing various entities such as Member States, intergovernmental organizations, UN system components, and non-governmental organizations. It also welcomes representatives designated by national human rights institutions, NGOs holding consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, and other non-governmental organizations aligned with the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter. Emerging actors like small groups, rural and urban associations, environmental organizations, and private sector representatives are encouraged to engage in this vital platform.
Over the years, the Social Forum has examined human rights in the context of diverse issues, including poverty, youth, education, sports, epidemics, health, disability, development, and climate change. These sessions have facilitated essential discussions and produced valuable insights to address global challenges from a human rights perspective.
Aniebiet Inyang Ntui’s participation in the 2023 Social Forum exemplifies Lostisland’s commitment to engaging in global dialogues and contributing to discussions on crucial human rights issues, particularly within the context of science, technology, and innovation.