Melinda Ching Simon
Human Rights Officer – Environment, Climate Change, Focal Point Rio+20; Human Rights and Economic and Social Issues Section (HRESIS); Research and Right to Development (RRDD); and Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Melinda Ching Simon of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) explores the challenging nexus between sustainable development and human rights. How, in fact, can sustainable development policies be crafted to better incorporate integral considerations of human rights? Discussing her recent participation in the UN World Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), Ching Simon shares the OHCHR’s perspective on the summit’s outcomes. In particular, the emergence of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is explored as an institutional framework of engagement. Ching Simon provides her thoughts on the “mixed” results of Rio+20, expanding upon the challenges of accountability, consistency, follow-up, and balance.
Melinda Ching Simon, Background
Melinda was a former Senior Solicitor and Prosecutor for the Australian Government Solicitor’s Office. She was Amnesty International’s United Nations Representative in Geneva and the former Deputy Director of the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE).
When Melinda joined the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), she was the assistant to Hina Jilani, the former Special Representative of the Secretary- General on the situation of Human Rights Defenders. Melinda is an expert on women’s rights and sexual orientation and gender identity issues and was focal point for OHCHR’s groundbreaking work on adopting a human rights-based approach to preventable maternal mortality and morbidity. She currently works in the Human Rights and Economic and Social Issues Section on human rights and the environment and climate change. Melinda was part of OHCHR’s delegation to the Millennium Development Goals Summit in September 2010 and most recently to the UN World Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June 2012.
Recorded July 2012