Austria’s candidacy for the UN Human Rights Council

The Austrian Embassy in Berlin hosts an event to seek support for the application to the Human Rights Council 2019-2021

November 20th, 2017
Fabian Kracmar, News from Berlin

On October 20th 2017, the Austrian embassy invited colleagues of all embassies in Berlin to inform about Austria's candidacy for a seat in the Human Rights Council 2019 to 2021.

The Human Rights Council is the highest council of the United Nations for human rights. Austria has a clear vision for this council. “Building bridges for Human Rights” is the headline in the brochure of the application. Austria’s Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs Sebastian Kurz endeavors that human rights are main factors influencing the world’s future.

Austria’s tradition of supporting dialogues and acceptance among cultures, ethnicities, ideologies and religious believes is the foundation for equality and humanity. The country was also part of the council between 2011 and 2014. In March 2010 Austria already established its commitment to the United Nations General Assembly’s resolution A/RES/60/251 about the Council.

This event in the embassy was intended to provide information on the application and interests of the country in this council. Colleagues from all accredited embassies in Berlin were invited to get insights on the main approaches and interests of Austria. Especially activities in promoting the safety of journalists and media freedom, promoting and protecting the rights of children and defending freedom of religion and fostering interreligious and intercultural dialogue were emphasized. Furthermore, the implementation and importance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals on all levels were outlined.

With its experience Austria can provide an important contribution in supporting and protecting human rights in favor for everyone. This event was to inform and promote valuable support of the colleagues from other embassies in Berlin for the candidacy of Austria in the UN Human Rights Council 2019-2021.


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