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Slovenia takes over the UN Human Rights Council Presidency

Geneva/Ljubljana, 3 January 2018 – The Slovenian Permanent Representative to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Vojislav Šuc, started his one-year term as President of the UN Human Rights Council on 1 January 2018. This responsible task will consolidate Slovenia's commitment to the main UN body for implementing, strengthening, protecting and promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms.


The President of the Human Rights Council met representatives of the Inter-ministerial Commission on Human Rights and civil society organisations working in the field of human rights today in Ljubljana. He outlined the draft plan and priorities of his activity, underscoring the importance of preserving enough space for the functioning of civil society, both in the work of the Council and the wider area of human rights. As President of the Council, the Slovenian representative will endeavour primarily to enhance its efficiency, increase its reputation and visibility, strengthen cooperation with other UN entities, improve the constructive atmosphere, foster dialogue and instil trust in the Council’s work.


In 2018, Slovenia will conclude its second three-year term on the UN Human Rights Council. Through its active engagement, Slovenia is striving to strengthen an international environment conducive to security, universal and permanent growth, the rule of law and respect for human rights. Slovenia will remain committed to its traditional thematic priorities – the rights of women, children and older persons, the environment, and human rights education – also during its last year of the current Council membership.