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Opening of the UN Human Rights Council Regular Session

The 47th Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council begins in Geneva and is to take place from 21 June to 13 July 2021. As regards the topics in the focus of the Session, Slovenia will be particularly interested in gender equality and the empowerment of women, human rights and the environment, the impact of new technologies on the enjoyment of human rights, and the human rights situation in individual countries.

The opening address will be delivered by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, who will present the report of her Office and the current human rights situation around the world, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Session will focus on the human rights situation across countries, including Eritrea, Belarus, Syria, Venezuela and Myanmar. The HRC will also address initiatives in individual thematic areas, including violence against women, the right to education, human rights and climate change, and the ramifications new technologies have for human rights. Slovenia will join in discussions and negotiations on individual resolutions in accordance with both its own views and those of the EU, paying particular attention to discussions on the empowerment of women and girls, reports of the High Commissioner and the human rights situation in individual countries.  

Discussions are also planned with UN experts on the human rights situation in individual countries, among which it is worth highlighting the interactive dialogue with the special rapporteurs on Eritrea, Belarus, Ukraine and Myanmar, the presentation of the report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, the dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the presentation of the report of the Venezuela Status Commission. In keeping with tradition, an annual debate on women’s rights will also be organised.

The Human Rights Council will hold panel discussions on a wide-ranging selection of topics that includes the detrimental effect of climate change on the enjoyment of human rights of older people, the promotion and protection of human rights through sport and the Olympic ideal, technical cooperation and capacity building for the exercise of the right to education and its inclusive and fair quality, lifelong learning for all, and a round table to mark a decade since the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.  

Slovenia holds observer status in the HRC, advocating the adoption of measures that would facilitate its more effective functioning. Slovenia has announced its candidature to the Human Rights Council for the 2026–2028 period.