The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is the main UN office responsible for the promotion and and protection of human rights. OHCHR also works on identifying, highlighting and developing responses to today's human rights challenges, and undertakes human rights research, education, public information, and advocacy activities in the United Nations system.

OHCHR's work includes standard-setting, monitoring, and implementation on the ground. The office provides expertise and secretariat support to different United Nations human rights bodies, as their perform their standard setting and monitoring actions. OHCHR's areas of activities cover many issues, such as: business and human rights, children rights, education, freedom of opinion and expression, minorities, privacy, rule of law, women, and youth. Some of these activities also relate to the promotion and protection of human rights in the online environment. In 2013, the High Commissioner elaborated a report on the right to privacy in the digital age, at the request of the UN General Assembly.  

The office also cooperates with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression and the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy.

The Geneva Internet Platform is an initiative of the Swiss authorities


Members of the Steering Committee are FDFA, OFCOM and the Canton of Geneva

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