Last Human Rights Council’s general debates

Published on the Human Rights Education Associates HREA.org, Sept. 21, 2009.

[hr-council] Human Rights Council holds general debate on reports by the Secretary-General and the High Commissioner and on protecting all human rights. 2009-09-21 12:58:08.

UNITED NATIONS Press Release, Human Rights Council, Afternoon, 18 September 2009.

The Human Rights Council this afternoon held a general debate on a series of reports by the United Nations Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights and her Office, among which was a report by the Joint Inspection Unit concerning geographical representation among staff in the Office. It then held a general debate on the promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development. 

The presentation of the reports and their summaries can be found in press release HRC/09/106 of 18 September 2009. In the course of the discussion on the reports submitted to it, speakers said that with regard to the report of the Joint Inspection Unit, there was a dire need for maintenance of geographic balance in the composition of the staff of the Office of the High Commissioner, as statistics showed that more than 56 per cent of the posts in the Office were occupied by nationals of a single region. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights employees must elaborate various reports required by the Council, provide support to countries and execute many other important and sometimes sensitive tasks. The Office must therefore be representative of different nations, cultures, religions, and schools of political thoughts. It was of key importance that efforts to improve the regional representation were balanced with efforts to improve equitable geographic distribution, including to address the problems of under-represented countries as well as unrepresented countries, and when putting in place measures to improve the geographical diversity of staff, it was important that these were transparent and predictable … (full huge long text).

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