Prior to making his second presentation to the UN today Thursday, September 12, 2019, Dr Livingstone Sewanyana, the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order met a number of dignitaries to emphasize the issues he will be presenting to the Human Rights Council. Notably, he met the Singapore Ambassador to the UN, he met the Iranian Delegation and the Dutch Youth Representative.

Dr Sewanyana will devote his second thematic report to the Human Rights Council to the intersectional topic of public participation and decision-making in global governance spaces and its impact on a democratic and equitable international order. In the report, Dr Sewanyana states that international groups such as the United Nations and the World Bank have an obligation to make decisions in accordance with the basic democratic governance principles such as transparency, inclusivity, responsiveness and accountability. Dr. Sewanyana will emphasize the need for these global frameworks to fight corruption both at local and global level. “There is need to fight corruption using local and global spaces,” says Sewanyana.

Dr Sewanyana will draw the attention of nations on the need to assess the notion of national assets being hidden in foreign countries. This in his view is the only way these frameworks can promote public participation in governance.

Since he assumed this mandate, Dr Sewanyana has issued 14 communications and five press releases jointly with other experts. He has also issued two newsletters concerning the activities he has so far undertaken.

Last year, Dr Sewanyana presented a report at the seventy-fourth session of the UN. He has also took part in the networking European Citizen education. He gave a speech at the inaugural global citizen forum, organized by Drake University. He participated in the 57th International Affairs Symposium on culture and Human rights organized by Lewis and Clark College in Portland USA.

In 2019, he attended the international Conference on national, regional and international mechanisms in Doha Quarter. He also attended a high-level regional conference on Justice and good governance in the Great Lakes Region, in Nairobi Kenya. He attended the 26th annual meeting of special procedure mandate holders, in Geneva. He participated in consultations organized by the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Geneva.


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