UN, Geneva - 2011
The goal of the Foreign Policy and Human Rights program is to strengthen international protection of human rights by monitoring and influencing the foreign policy of Global South countries, particularly Brazil. It also aims at promoting the use of the UN and regional human rights systems by NGOs from Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Foreign Policy and Human Rights program's main activities are:
1) To monitor and influence the Brazilian foreign policy impacting human rights, by increasing access to information, working with the media, increasing dialogue and interaction with relevant stakeholders and conducting advocacy work.
2) To foster and empower NGOs from key emerging democratic powers to work on their countries’ foreign policies on human rights – such as Argentina, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria and South Africa.
3) To make use of regional and international systems to contribute to the improvement of the human rights situation in Brazil and Global South countries, and supporting other southern NGOs in doing so.
In 2010, Conectas established a permanent representation in Geneva (Switzerland), in partnership with the organizations Centro de Estudios Legales e Sociales (Argentina) and Corporación Humanas (Chile).