Kuwaiti en­voy dis­cusses Aus­tralia’s mem­ber­ship can­di­dacy for UNHCR

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Kuwaiti Am­bas­sador to Aus­tralia Na­jib Ab­dul­rah­man Al-Bader and Aus­tralia’s First As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Mul­ti­lat­eral Pol­icy Di­vi­sion Lach­lan Stra­han dis­cussed Aus­tralia’s can­di­dacy for mem­ber­ship of the United Na­tions Hu­man Rights Coun­cil (UNHCR) for the 2018-20 term.

This is the first time Aus­tralia has sought mem­ber­ship of the Hu­man Rights Coun­cil. Aus­tralia is gath­er­ing sup­port to get a seat on the UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil for the 2018 to 2020, Bader pointed out in a press state­ment yes­ter­day. Aus­tralia en­joys an ‘ex­cel­lent’ record on hu­man right is­sues and has proved it­self as a good global cit­i­zen and a pow­er­ful ad­vo­cate for change.

The UNHCR is made of 47 Mem­ber States, which are elected by the ma­jor­ity of mem­bers of the Gen­eral As­sem­bly of the United Na­tions through di­rect and se­cret bal­lot. The Gen­eral As­sem­bly takes into ac­count the can­di­date States’ con­tri­bu­tion to the pro­mo­tion and pro­tec­tion of hu­man rights, as well as their vol­un­tary pledges and com­mit­ments in this re­gard.

The Coun­cil’s Mem­ber­ship is based on eq­ui­table ge­o­graph­i­cal dis­tri­bu­tion. Seats are dis­trib­uted as fol­lows: African States: 13 seats, Asia-Pa­cific States: 13 seats, Latin Amer­i­can and Caribbean States: 8 seats, Western Euro­pean and other States: 7 seats and East­ern Euro­pean States: 6 seats. —KUNA

Kuwaiti Am­bas­sador to Aus­tralia Na­jib Al-Bader meets with Aus­tralia’s First As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Mul­ti­lat­eral Pol­icy Di­vi­sion Lach­lan Stra­han.

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