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The election of the 47-member UN Human Rights Council (HRC) will take place on 17 October.
The United Nations General Assembly will elect 14 new members who will serve for a period of three years and will not be eligible for immediate reelection after two consecutive terms. The membership is based on geographical distribution and seats are based on the following regions: African states, Asia-Pacific states, Eastern European states, Latin American and Caribbean states, and Western European and other states.
There are four vacant seats in the Asia-Pacific states, for which five countries – the Republic of Marshall Islands, Indonesia, Japan, Iraq, and the Republic of Korea – are competing in a contested election.
The election will be done directly and individually by a secret ballot by the majority of the member states of the General Assembly in New York. The Geneva-based HRC will start its yearly membership cycle on January 1.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade John Silk, who is currently in New York to attend the election of the HRC, stated that “for over a year, RMI has been actively and intensively campaigning at the United Nations in New York. While the final results are presently unpredictable, RMI has already gained strong support from many friends and allies from all geographic regions. This is the first time RMI has sought election to any major UN body, and RMI is running on the merits of its national human rights record.”
If elected, RMI will have an independent voice on the HRC and will emphasise the role of small nations as bridge builders. The RMI’s goal in serving on the HRC is to ensure accountability and active dialogue; improve coherent and effective international reporting through cooperation with other Council members and stakeholders; and strengthen the voluntary technical assistance trust fund to support participation of least developing countries and Small Island Developing States. RMI would also seek to address unique and complex issues, including climate change impacts and would draw upon nuclear testing experiences to ensure the voices of the most vulnerable are heard.
SOURCE: MARSHALL ISLANDS GOVT/PACNEWS
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