Marc Limon

Presently, Marc Limon is executive director of the Universal Rights Group (URG) -- a think tank on international human rights policy. Notably, he holds an experience of serving as a diplomat at the United Nations Human Rights Council from 2006 to 2012. In those six years, he not only interacted with UN human rights treaty bodies but also drafted national reports under the Universal Periodic Review, and organized five Special Procedure country missions.

Most importantly, Marc was the principal negotiator in different UN resolutions dealing with the issues of human rights and climate change; human rights and the environment; freedom of assembly and association; and the Third Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. He also negotiated outside the Human Rights Council. He negotiated agreements and resolutions in the context of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). His role in establishing the Human Rights Council’s Trust Fund to support the participation of Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States is quite laudable.

Before his entry into the diplomatic service, Marc worked as a government relations consultant in Brussels, advising a range of corporate and public clients on EU external relations, human rights, trade and environmental policy. He has also written extensively on the international human rights system. He holds Masters degrees from the University of Cambridge (UK), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) and the Libre Universite de Bruxelles (Belgium).