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January 24, 2011
Energy Innovation and Human Rights – New Business at DHR

We have recently started work on two exciting new projects: the establishment of a blog for ESB International (ESBI) and the development of an awareness-raising campaign about human rights to coincide with Ireland’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

ESBI is an international energy company and one of Europe’s leading engineering and consultancy organisations.  Over the coming months, we’re working with ESBI and Connector.ie to develop the company’s first ever blog.  The blog will feature weekly entries from senior managers at ESBI, with a strong focus on energy innovation.  Topics covered will encompass ocean energy, carbon issues, energy management, ESBI’s work internationally, engineering as a career, and lots more.  The blog is expected to go live in spring 2011 – we’ll be posting further info here over the coming weeks.

We’re also working with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) at the moment, on a campaign – ‘Your Rights.  Right Now’ – aimed at raising awareness about Ireland’s Universal Periodic Review process. In October 2011, Ireland will be examined for the first time by other United Nations (UN) countries on our human rights record, in a process called the Universal Periodic Review or UPR.  The UPR can be used to highlight gaps in human rights protection within Ireland.

The ICCL is working with almost 20 other NGOs on the ‘Your Rights. Right Now’ campaign.  The aim is to inform the general public and civil society organisations about the UPR process, and to encourage people to learn about their human rights and possibly to get involved in the UPR.  A key part of the campaign is getting people thinking about their human rights – and making human rights relevant to everyone in Ireland.

You can follow ‘Your Rights.  Right Now’ on Facebook and Twitter, and the campaign will be officially launched next week, when details of public information events throughout Ireland will also be announced.

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