Opportunity to attend the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC38)

7 February 2018

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Applications close Friday 16 March 2018 (17:00 AEST).

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is seeking applications from highly-qualified individuals, academics and representatives of non-government organisations to attend the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC38), to be held in Geneva from 18 June to 6 July 2018.

The Human Rights Council is a United Nations, inter-governmental, body responsible for promoting and protecting human rights around the world. Its 47 seats are filled by member states elected for three-year terms.

Australia will serve as a member of the Human Rights Council for the term 2018-2020. While Australia has been an active participant in the Council since its establishment in 2006, 2018-2020 is the first time Australia will be a member of this body. Throughout our term as a Human Rights Council member Australia will focus on a range of issues, including fostering gender equality and protecting civil society participation.

The Human Rights Council meets three times annually in Geneva (February/March, June/July and September). The June Session of the Council traditionally focuses on gender equality and women’s rights. In line with Australia’s priorities for our Council membership, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is pleased to support the attendance of one Australian civil society representative at the June 2018 Council session, HRC38.

DFAT will support the successful applicant’s attendance at HRC38. However, the successful applicant will attend in their own capacity, and not as a representative of the Australian Government.

All applicants will be assessed based on their individual merits, and with particular consideration to fostering diversity of representatives at the Human Rights Council. DFAT encourages all individuals to apply including: all genders, gender identities and sexual orientations; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; and people with disabilities.

For information on how to apply, please see the application pack:

Opportunity to attend the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council [PDF 659 KB] | [DOCX 176 KB]

Applications close Friday 16 March 2018 (17:00 AEST).

Last Updated: 7 February 2018
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