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The Office Of Un High Commissioner For Human Rights

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The High Commissioner is the administrative head of the Office of the High Commissioner and is mandated to help coordinate the human rights activities of the United Nations (UN) system and to contribute to its ongoing reform and revitalisation. This chapter gives a sense of the role and responsibilities of the High Commissioner. It looks at the structure, staffing and resources of the Office. The chapter discusses the intellectual and moral leadership roles of the High Commissioner. It also discusses the need for human rights diplomacy and for support for the human rights treaty bodies. The High Commissioner is one of the most important officials in the human rights machinery of the international community, and he/she needs to set wise courses for the future as the Office consolidates itself in its second decade of existence and gears up for the challenges ahead.

Keywords: human rights diplomacy; human rights treaty bodies; intellectual leadership roles; moral leadership roles; UN high commissioner



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