The Human Rights Room
The ONUART Foundation’s first major project was the refurbishment of Room XX which, after the renovation, has been renamed “Human Rights and Alliance of Civilisations Room”.
The Human Rights Room in the Palais des Nations was inaugurated by the King and Queen of Spain and the Secretary-General of the UN, with the presence of the President of the Spanish Government, the President of the Swiss Confederation and the Turkish Prime Minister on 18 November 2008. Four months later, in March 2009, it was officially inaugurated on the occasion of the staging of the Human Rights Council. The Human Rights Room is the most modern negotiation room of the United Nations and is equipped with the latest technological advances in terms of audiovisual mediums, conference services, interpretation and telecommunications systems. It can seat 742 delegates and hosts the meetings of the United Nations Human Rights Council and any activities that the United Nations Organisation deems appropriate to stage in this venue.
Since it was inaugurated, the Human Rights Room has hosted two plenary sessions of the Human Rights Council and more than 280 meetings of various Geneva-based International Bodies, with approximately 35,000 delegates having attended and more than 150,000 people having visited it.