The Arab Network organized an introductory seminar at the UN Palace in New York on 3 October 2017 on the sidelines of the General Assembly of the United Nations, which introduce the work of the network and its role in the promotion and protection of human rights in the Arab region. With the aim to introduce stakeholders with the history of the establishment of the network, its role, functions, objectives, activities, areas of cooperation with its partners, and achievement, as well as the role of OHCHR and UNDP as main partners of the Arab Network, in supporting the Arab national human rights institutions.
In a speech at the opening of the seminar, Mr. Sultan bin Hassan Al-Jamali, Executive Director of the Network, said that the Arab network of national human rights institutions through the distribution of its member institutions in Asia and Africa has a great scope of work, through which greater cooperation and exchange of experiences and best practices can be achieved. Al Jamali added that the network through its various organs works to achieve its objectives by performing several tasks, the most important of which is to encourage the establishment and strengthening of national institutions in accordance with the Paris Principles, providing them with advice, expertise and support to national institutions with limited resources and problems in performing their mandates. Al Jamali pointed out that the Arab Network also works to strengthen cooperation and coordination between national institutions and the Global Alliance of national human rights institutions and relevant international and regional organizations, as well as to encourage the effective participation of national institutions in international and regional forums and meetings of the Global Alliance. Al-Jamali noted the role of the network in building and strengthening the capacities of its member institutions in all fields of human rights through training courses, workshops and dialogue tables in order to enable them to carry out their mandates and to facilitate their access to the accreditation by the Global Alliance, and work professionally to achieve the ultimate goal for which national institutions have been established, which is the promotion and protection of human rights in their countries.
Al-Jamali pointed out that the network cooperates with the Global Alliance in the field of promoting the role and presence of national human rights institutions in the Human Rights Council and the UN General Assembly, said “We look forward to greater and more effective cooperation with the Global Alliance and its Executive Bureau, The context of the network’s work with its partners to achieve its objectives, and through fruitful cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations Development Program, the Arab Human Rights Committee “Charter Committee” and the Arab Institute for Human Rights in Tunisia, and the Global Alliance. In addition, the network signed a number of memorandums of understanding with the framework of organizing and activating the cooperation in order to carry out its functions in terms of building and strengthening the capacities of the member institutions, where dozens of workshops and training courses were organized.”