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50th UN Human Rights Council session focusing on gender equality

The 50th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHR), which will run from 13 June to 8 July 2022, is getting under way in Geneva. Among the topics in the focus of the session, Slovenia will pay particular attention to issues related to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, human rights, and the environment, and will also react to the worrying human rights situation in individual countries.

At the meeting, the countries will focus on both content-related issues and the human rights situation in individual countries, including Afghanistan, Belarus, Sudan, the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Syria, Burundi, Venezuela, Myanmar and Eritrea. Furthermore, the human rights situation in Ukraine after and during the Russian invasion will be closely examined. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet will, among other things, report on the current situation in Mariupol.

The June session of the UN's main human rights body tends to be strongly focused on gender equality and the prevention of discrimination and elimination of violence against women and girls. This year, the Council will also need to extend the mandate of the Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In the light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, they also intend to address the issue of food security and the impact of armed conflict on food supply both in Europe and Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Slovenia will participate in the debates in line with its own and the EU’s positions, paying particular attention to gender equality, the empowerment of women and girls and to addressing children’s rights and the rights of older persons in various initiatives. Following the proclamation of the right to a healthy, clean and sustainable environment in 2021, Slovenia welcomes the first dialogue with the new Special Rapporteur on human rights and climate change.

This June session is the 50th session of the Human Rights Council, a milestone that will be marked through a special discussion on 15 June, where Slovenia will also speak in support of the work of the Council. Slovenia’s delegation will be joined by the Slovenian Youth Delegate to the UN.

Slovenia is an observer state in the Human Rights Council and a candidate for membership for the period 2026–2028.