Geneva, 27 February 2023 (TDI): The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Pekka Haavisto is on an official visit to Geneva. The Foreign Minister will address the top-level Human Rights Council in its 52nd session on 27th February.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Haavisto earlier stated that the United Nation Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has a prime responsibility to establish human rights around the world.

Haavisto further reiterated that human rights belong to every individual, and it is the duty of UN member states to commit to human rights.

Notably, the Human Rights Council is the United Nation’s most prominent intergovernmental body, working to protect and promote human rights around the world.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), thus the realization of its mandate is of foremost importance now.

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Finland’s membership of the Human Rights Council for 2022-2024 began in January 2022. It is an eminent and responsible member of the Human Rights Council.

Finland works in earnest for the promotion and protection of the rights of women, and vulnerable groups of society, achieving gender equality and promoting a culture of accountability.

The country’s membership in the Human Rights Council stands on the strong premise of supporting the autonomous work of free civil society, human rights protectors, and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Haavisto will put forward Finland’s national statement on the High-Level Segment of the conference on disarmament. He will also attend high-level sideline events, coordinated by Finland authorities, on recognizing the rights of differently-abled persons in conflict zones.

Additionally, Haavisto will have a bilateral discussion with the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres. He will meet several Foreign Ministers and dignitaries from other countries along with leaders of international organizations.

It is pertinent to note that the priority themes of the 52nd session of the Human Right Council include Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the current built-up tensions in Afghanistan, Iran, and the Palestinian Territory.