Dec 12 2017
Past event

Launch of report: The Human Rights Council in 2017

On Tuesday 12th December, the Permanent Mission of Norway hosted a Human Rights Council end-of-year reception to look back on the work, achievements and challenges of the Council in the past year. The reception, organised in cooperation with the Universal Rights Group (URG), also marked the launch of the third end-of-year report: ‘The Human Rights Council in 2017’.


The ‘Human Rights Council in 2017’ report, which was launched at the event, provides an objective analysis of, inter alia:

  • The quantitative evolution of the Council’s work in 2017, as well as since the body’s establishment in 2006. This includes the number of resolutions adopted; the number of voted resolutions; the number of ‘hostile amendments;’ levels of cooperation with the Council’s mechanism; the substantive focus of the Council’s work and output – by agenda item and by theme; the geographic reach of the Council’s resolutions; and the budgetary implications of its work.
  • Infographics showing the global reach and influence of the Council’s mechanisms and OHCHR.
  • An in-depth analysis of the contribution of all current HRC member States, against the criteria for membership set down in GA resolution 60/251. This includes an analysis of their cooperation with the Special Procedures, UPR, and Treaty Bodies, their voting records in 2017, and their leadership on key thematic and country-specific issues.



Welcome by Ambassador Hans Brattskar

Presentation of ‘The Human Rights Council in 2017: a review’ by Marc Limon, Executive Director, URG

‘Looking ahead to 2018 – key opportunities and challenges for the Human Rights Council’ by Ambassador Vojislav Suc, Permanent Representative of Slovenia

‘The Council in the public eye – a view from the press’ by Tom Miles, Chief Correspondent, Reuters Geneva

‘A poetic review of the HRC 2017’ by Dorina Xhixho, Second Secretary, Permanent Mission of Albania



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