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Ahead of elections for new Human Rights Council, Annan urges support for its work

Upcoming elections for the new United Nations Human Rights Council will mark a fresh departure from its predecessor, the much-criticized UN Commission on Human Rights, Secretary-General Kofi Annan wrote today in a leading newspaper, urging all Member States to fully support the work of the new body.

Annan confident US, despite objections, will work with Human Rights Council

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today expressed confidence that the United States will be able to work with the new United Nations Human Rights Council despite its opposition to a draft framework for the body that he has called an essential element in reforming the world organization.

In ‘historic’ vote, General Assembly creates new UN Human Rights Council

Culminating months of intensive negotiations, the United Nations General Assembly today voted overwhelmingly on a resolution setting up a new Human Rights Council to replace the much-criticized Human Rights Commission – prompting Secretary-General Kofi Annan to hail this as an “historic” development which will help improve the lives of millions of people worldwide.

Assembly President hails vote on Human Rights Council as marker of UN reform

United Nations General Assembly President Jan Eliasson said today’s establishment of a new Human Rights Council to replace the much-criticized Human Rights Commission sends a message that despite prevailing tumultuous environment, all countries share universal values of human rights and the world body can reform itself.

UN Rights Commission suspends work for week pending talks on new Council

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights opened its 62nd session in Geneva today and then almost immediately suspended its work for one week as diplomats at UN Headquarters in New York continued to seek wider consensus on a new stronger Human Rights Council to replace the much criticized body.

In bid for wider consensus, debate on new Rights Council put off till next week

In a bid to secure the widest possible consensus for the new United Nations Human Rights Council, General Assembly President Jan Eliasson has postponed from today until early next week a plenary meeting on what Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called an essential element in reforming the world organization.

UN Assembly President hails Nobel peace laureates’ support for Human Rights Council

United Nations General Assembly President Jan Eliasson is “encouraged” by support for the proposed Human Rights Council from five Nobel Peace Prize laureates and is continuing “intensive consultations” to get agreement over the body put forward to replace the much-criticized Commission on Human Rights, his spokesperson said today.

Annan says negotiations over Human Rights Council could cause serious problem

Calling the most-recent draft of a Human Rights Council “a solid basis to move forward,” United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan cautioned today against “line-by-line negotiations” over the blueprint for a new body to replace the much-criticized Commission on Human Rights.

Blueprint for new, more effective UN human rights body unveiled

Seeking to dramatically bolster the protection of human rights around the world, the President of the United Nations General Assembly today unveiled the draft blueprint for a new Human Rights Council with higher status and greater accountability than the much-criticized Commission on Human Rights that meets yearly in Geneva.

Draft resolution on Iran introduced at UN International Atomic Energy Agency

A draft resolution concerning Iran was introduced today at a special meeting of the Board of Governors of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna.