Oct 08 2020
Past event

Launch of the yourHRC Guide to the 2020 UN Human Rights Council Elections

On Thursday 8th October 2020, the Universal Rights Group (URG) hosted a digital event to mark the launch of the yourHRC.org Guide to the 2020 UN Human Rights Council Elections.

The report was the sixth annual yourHRC.org Guide to the UN Human Rights Council Elections. It provided general information on the 2020 Council elections, when States competed to win seats for new three-year terms (2021-2023).

The Guide is divided into six parts. The first part presents an overview of the 2020 elections the number of seats available, and the candidates in each UN regional group vying for those seats.

The next five parts of the report present more detailed comparative information on the candidates for each of the five UN regional groups. This includes objective information on the State’s historic engagement and cooperation with the Council and the wider UN human rights system, its voting record (where the country concerned has previously been a Council member), an analysis of its new voluntary pledges and commitments (for the 2020 elections), and an analysis of the extent to which it fulfilled its previous voluntary pledges and commitments (again, where the country concerned has previously been a member).


Opening address/welcome

H.E. Tine Mørch Smith, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva

Keynote address on the importance of membership:

H.E. Ilze Brands Kehris, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights

Presentation of 2020 Election Guide

Mr. Marc Limon, Executive Director, Universal Rights Group

A civil society perspective on the 2020 Council elections

Ms. Tess McEvoy, Programme Manager and Legal Counsel, International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)



A concept note can be found here.

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  • Oct 8th 2020
  • 15:00 - 16:00
  • Public event