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Slovenian representative to serve as President of UN Human Rights Council in 2018

Geneva, 4 December 2017 – At today’s organisational meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, Ambassador Vojislav Šuc, Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the United Nations Office at Geneva, was elected to serve as the Council’s President throughout 2018. His one-year term will begin on 1 January 2018.

The Human Rights Council, headquartered in Geneva, is the most important UN body responsible for the enforcement, enhancement, protection and promotion of human rights. It was established in 2006 as a subsidiary body to the UN General Assembly.

The election of Slovenia’s representative to serve as President of the Council further consolidates the country’s engagement and visibility in the international community on human rights issues. As President of the Council, Slovenia's permanent representative will endeavour primarily to enhance the Council’s efficiency, raise its reputation and visibility, strengthen cooperation with other UN bodies, and create a constructive atmosphere, foster dialogue and instil trust in the Council’s work.

In early 2016, Slovenia began its second term on the Human Rights Council, which ends in 2018. Through its active engagement in the Council, Slovenia contributes to strengthening the international environment conducive to security, universal and permanent growth, the rule of law and respect for human rights. It pays special attention to the enforcement of EU priorities and issues related to Slovenia's long-standing national thematic priorities such as children’s rights, gender equality, the rights of older persons and the fight against all forms of discrimination, human rights and the environment, and human rights education. All these will remain Slovenia’s priorities during the last year of its membership of the Human Rights Council.