High level representatives from international organizations and specialized agencies, Ombudsman and Mediator institutions, as well as representatives from governmental authorities, the diplomatic community and the civil society gathered on 7th September in Tirana, Albania, at the two day conference “Challenges for Ombudsman Institutions with respect to mixed migratory flows”. The objective of the conference was to generate a common response to the situation of people in need of international protection.

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National human rights institutions (NHRIs) play a key role in the protection of the human rights of the citizens. In the performance of their work they ought to exercise a proactive approach and be present on the ground in order to be able to build a comprehensive picture of the state of human rights in their respective countries. This was the joint conclusion of the Ombudswoman of the Republic of Croatia and ENNHRI Chair Lora Vidović and UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore at the meeting held on 21 June 2016 in Vienna as part of the Fundamental Rights Forum.
The two officials highlighted the importance of the established standards of work of the NHRIs and emphasized the need to keep maintaining and developing the UN accreditation system.

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Ombudswoman of Croatia and ENNHRI Chair Lora Vidović emphasised the relevance of the work of national human rights institutions (NHRI) in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets, at the fourth Annual seminar series on national human rights institutions, set to open dialogue on their role in conflict and fragile contexts and ephasize their contribution to peaceful, just and inclusive societies, as set by SDG16. The seminar took place at the United nations in New York 17 June 2016., and was hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI).

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Croatian Ombudswoman and Chair of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) Lora Vidović is participating on 13-17 June 2016 in a series of meetings with the heads of other regional networks of human rights institutions at the UN headquarters in New York. The aim of the meetings is to further strengthen the cooperation between the regional networks as well as their cooperation with the organizers of the meeting – their umbrella organization, the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), the UN Development Program (UNDP) and the Office of the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) - in the protection and the promotion of human rights.

In the first part of the program Moggens Lykketoft, the president of the UN’s General Assembly, chaired the panel on the UN sustainable development goals in the context of the promotion and protection of the rights of persons with disabilities. The program’s agenda also included a meeting with the UN's Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović as well as a series of bilateral meetings.

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