In 2012, the Human Rights Council through resolution 19/26 established the Voluntary Technical Assistance Trust Fund to support the participation of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the work of the Council. The LDCs/SIDS Trust Fund, operational since 2014, runs on voluntary contributions from UN member States.
The LDCs/SIDS Trust Fund aims to ensure that LDCs and SIDS, in particular those without permanent representation in Geneva, are able to participate and contribute to the work of the Council. It does so by providing training on human rights and engagement with the Council, fellowship programmes and practical induction trainings for delegates. More recently, it also provides annual briefings to delegates in New York on the engagement with the General Assembly, conducts regional workshops, and mandated the OHCHR to prepare an evaluation report to be presented at the 49th Council session.
Currently, 72 LDCs/SIDS are eligible to apply for the Trust Fund (14 Latin American and Caribbean States, 22 Asia-Pacific States, and 36 African State). Up to 10 delegates are supported per Council session and up to eight delegates per year for the fellowship programme. Participation of LDCs and SIDS delegates in Council sessions enables them to better advance and promote human rights issues that are of primary importance for their respective countries, such as climate change.
In light of travel restrictions related to COVID-19, the following programmes administrated by the Secretariat of the LDCs/SIDS Trust Fund, have been cancelled:
Additional information on opportunities for the 2021 programmes will be made available on the website as soon as possible and no later than November 2020.
The Trust Fund selected 5 delegates (3 women, 2 men) to participate at HRC44 (30 June to 17 July 2020) from the following LDCs and SIDS:
Delegates selected to participate at HRC44 were not attending in-person due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
LDCs/SIDS Trust Fund Coordinator: Ms. Fatou Camara Houel,
LDCs/SIDS Trust Fund Secretariat:
HRC Help Desk for Small States:firstname.lastname@example.org
SDGs Knowledge Platform: SIDS
The World Bank - Small States Program
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