Kuwaiti envoy discusses Australia’s membership candidacy for UNHCR
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.