Finland launched candidacy campaign for the UN Human Rights Council

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On 15 February 2021 Finland launched the campaign themes for its candidacy for the United Nations Human Rights Council. The themes of the Finnish campaign are the rights of women and girls, new technologies and the digital transformation, climate change, and education as a human right. The statement says:

Finland is seeking membership of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in 2022–2024. The campaign slogan: ”A Diverse World, Universal Human Rights”, underscores the universal nature of human rights. The election will take place at the UN General Assembly in October 2021.

Finland has been dedicated to promoting human rights for decades. By standing for candidacy in the HRC, Finland is demonstrating its continuing commitment to human rights-based foreign and security policy. The candidacy for membership of the HRC is one of the key foreign policy objectives of the Government Programme of Prime Minister Marin’s Government.

The themes of the Finnish campaign are the rights of women and girls, new technologies and the digital transformation, climate change, and education as a human right. In its campaign, Finland also emphasises efforts to defend multilateralism from increasing attempts to undermine it and the need to promote civil societies’ engagement and participation in the UN’s activities.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto says ”As a member of the Human Rights Council, Finland wants to stand in a common front with countries defending human rights, aiming to find sustainable solutions for global challenges. Climate change and pandemics are further increasing inequality and global interdependency. The importance of defending human rights will grow in global contexts,”

The HRC, established in 2006, is the most central UN body that promotes human rights. The Council is made up of 47 Member States elected for three years at a time, based on an equitable geographical distribution of seats. At its inception, Finland served for a limited term on the HRC in 2006–2007. At present, Finland has an observer status in the HRC.

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  5 comments for “Finland launched candidacy campaign for the UN Human Rights Council

  1. […] Il governo di Helsinki punta in alto: pronta la candidatura della Finlandia per avere un posto nel Consiglio dei Diritti Umani delle Nazioni Unite (UNHRC). Tra i temi enunciati il 15 febbraio 2021 per la campagna di candidatura vi sono i diritti delle donne e dei minori, le nuove tecnologie e la trasformazione digitale, il cambiamento climatico e l’istruzione come diritto umano. La Finlandia spera di entrare a far parte del UNHRC già dal biennio 2022-2024.  La promozione di tale progetto punta tutto sulla concezione “universale” dei diritti umani e le autorità finlandesi intendono far molta leva su questo aspetto. Ad ottobre ci sarà l’elezione presso l’Assemblea delle Nazioni Unite, un momento decisivo. […]

  2. A question to the author:
    Why do you have “comments” -section, when comments are deleted by you?
    Or do you wish to live in a imagination world, where nothing else than your saying is the absolute truth… Sorry; it is EXACTLY why the education of the Nordic countries is on the higher level: We are taught to criticise, debate and question. Not just bow down what ever s1ite is said to us. 😉

    Your agenda is served better by simply NOT HAVING a comments-section.

    • We moderate comments. Not all comments are caught by our spam filter. So to clarify: We did not delete your first comment, we just waited with publishing it until we had read it.

  3. As long as Finland actively supports the terrorist state Israel and follow the USA unquestionably in breaches of international agreements (for example supporting Juan Guiadó), Finland has nothing to say when it comes to “human rights”.
    Money walks over any rights and hypocracy is obvious!

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