HomeNewsVolker Türk appointed new UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights  |

Volker Türk appointed new UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights  |



“Mr. Türk has devoted his lengthy and distinguished profession to advancing common human rights, notably the worldwide safety of a number of the world’s most weak individuals – refugees and Stateless individuals,” the UN chief mentioned in an announcement.  

Profession of service

The brand new Excessive Commissioner is at present coordinating world coverage work as an Beneath-Secretary-Normal within the UN’s Government Workplace.  

He additionally ensures UN system-wide coordination within the follow-up to the Secretary-Normal’s “Name to Motion for Human Rights” and his report, Our Widespread Agenda, which units out a imaginative and prescient to deal with the world’s interconnected challenges on foundations of belief, solidarity and human rights.  

From 2019 to 2021, Mr. Türk served as Assistant Secretary-Normal for Strategic Coordination within the UN chief’s Government Workplace.  

Previous to that, he was the Assistant Excessive Commissioner for Safety at UN refugees, UNHCR, in Geneva – from 2015 to 2019 – the place he performed a key function within the growth of the landmark International Compact on Refugees.    

Over the course of his profession, the newly appointed human rights chief held numerous key positions, together with at UNHCR headquarters the place he served from 2009 to 2015 as Director of the Division of Worldwide Safety; from 2008 to 2009 as Director of Organizational Growth and Administration; and from 2000 to 2004 as Chief of Part, Safety Coverage and Authorized Recommendation.   

Mr. Türk additionally served UNHCR all over the world, together with as Consultant in Malaysia; Assistant Chief of Mission in Kosovo and in Bosnia and Herzegovina, respectively; and Regional Safety Coordinator within the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and in Kuwait.  

He holds a doctorate in worldwide regulation from the College of Vienna and a Grasp of Legal guidelines diploma from the College of Linz, Austria.  

Furthermore, the brand new UN human rights chief has revealed broadly on worldwide refugee regulation and worldwide human rights regulation and is fluent in English, French and German with a working information of Spanish.  

Passing the reins 

Mr. Türk will succeed Michelle Bachelet of Chile, who served as Excessive Commissioner from 1 September 2018 by way of 31 August 2022.  

In his assertion, the Secretary-Normal expressed gratitude for Ms. Bachelet’s “dedication and devoted service to the United Nations”.  

Throughout her tenure, which included the COVID-19 pandemic, she targeted on reinvigorating social protections, adjusting to working nearly and increasing human rights monitoring.  

From deepening poverty to rising inequalities and a scarcity of entry to healthcare, vaccine and remedy to discrimination and violence towards ladies, her Workplace needed to shortly present options to those and different pivotal challenges. 



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