September 9, 2014
POINTS OF PRESENTATION “CTI FORUM AND OUTCOME: DEFINING FEATURES OF CTI AFTER THE FORUM”
AMBASSADOR EDI YUSUP
DEPUTY PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA
TO THE UNITED NATIONS AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION IN GENEVA
MEETING OF CTI GROUP OF FRIENDS
GENEVA, 9 SEPTEMBER 2014
- The first Forum of the Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI) was held on the outskirts of Geneva on Wednesday, 3 September 2014.
- Main purpose of the Forum was to give governments a safe space to explore the challenges and obstacles to ratification and effective implementation, and learn from partners in order to understand how CTI can best be useful in supporting governments towards ratification and implementation.
- Forum discussions focused on identifying not just the obstacles to ratification, but also to the practical implementation of the United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT), how governments can help each other to overcome these challenges, and on strategies to move the CTI forward.
- Constructive and forward-looking interaction between participating governments and UN experts confirmed the added value and the future potential of the Initiative as:
- A forum for government and experts facilitating new connections, knowledge sharing, exchange of best practices and expertise across regions.
- A vehicle to publicly highlight the good work and progress being achieved by individual governments on torture prevention.
- A knowledge hub, collecting and developing best practices, guidelines etc. to facilitate government efforts to ratify and implement UNCAT.
- A facilitator of technical assistance to governments in relation to ratification and implementation of UNCAT.