HR@2 internal seminar: UN early warning & action: What's the Role of Human Rights in Prevention Efforts?"
As the world faces possibly the gravest set of crises in UN history, with staggering human suffering as well as economic costs and other consequences, system-wide prevention efforts must be urgently strengthened. The UN Secretary-General places a strong focus on prevention and has called for a surge in diplomacy for peace. The importance to invest further in such efforts has been reinforced in a string of recent UN reviews, summits and initiatives. While a deterioration in human rights situations is often a driver of conflict, violence and insecurity, human rights protection also routinely provides part of the solutions. However, while early warning analysis may identify the structural and dynamic risk factors in situations – or the root and proximate causes – the challenge frequently remains in ensuring subsequent early action. Among other actors and partners, how does and can UN human rights work contribute to more effective prevention efforts?
Erik Friberg is a Human Rights Officer at the United Nations Human Rights Office/OHCHR in Geneva, which he joined in 2005 and has held positions at e.g. as Deputy Head of the OHCHR Regional Office for the Pacific. He has supported the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review and special procedures mandates, and worked on methodology and training on integrating human rights in UN peacekeeping and humanitarian action. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at Lund University (LL.M., 2002) and the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice (E.MA., 2003). He is currently pursuing a UN sabbatical programme, hosted by RWI, reviewing experiences and lessons learnt in order to develop a catalogue of early action methodologies and tools as part of UN/OHCHR guidance in this area. He can be contacted at erik.friberg [at] rwi.lu.se and efriberg [at] ohchr.org.