"Protecting the right of self-determination in the 21-st century"
About the Committee
The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them. It has the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention throughout the year. It meets at the UN Office at Geneva. The Council is made up of 47 United Nations Member States which are elected by the UN General Assembly.
Membership of the Human Rights Council The Council 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 Eastern European States: 6 seats Members of the Council serve for a period of three years and are not eligible for immediate re-election after serving two consecutive terms.
About the Topic
The right to self-determination is a human right universally recognized by the international community. Currently, millions of people around the world are trying to exercise their right to self-determination, yet these efforts threaten existing national borders and can lead to violence. Delegates will discuss how the UN can help countries create innovative solutions to these challenges and help assist people around the world peacefully exercise their right to self-determination.
Belgium, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Panama, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Slovenia, Switzerland, Togo, United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Brazil, China, Croatia, Cuba, Egypt, Hungary, Iraq, Japan, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tunisia, United Kingdom, United States of America