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2 November 2018

Opportunity to attend a session of the Human Rights Council in 2019

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Applications Close Friday 30 November 2018 (17:00 AEST)

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is seeking applications from highly-qualified individuals and representatives of non-government organisations (NGOs) to attend sessions of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (HRC) in 2019.

The HRC is an inter-governmental body responsible for promoting and protecting human rights around the world.  Its 47 seats are filled by UN member states elected for three-year terms. 

While Australia has been an active participant in the HRC since its establishment in 2006, in 2018-2020 Australia is serving as a member of this body for the first time.  Throughout our term as a HRC member, Australia’s engagement will be guided by the following priority human rights issues:

  • gender equality
  • good governance and stronger democratic institutions
  • freedom of expression
  • rights of indigenous peoples
  • strong national human rights institutions and capacity building
  • the abolition of the death penalty
  • promoting and protecting freedom of religion or belief
  • supporting equal human rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons
  • advancing the rights of people with a disability, and
  • protecting and enhancing civil society participation in the UN human rights system.

The HRC meets three times annually in Geneva, Switzerland.  In 2019, the HRC session dates are as follows:

  • 40th Session (HRC40) 25 February - 22 March
  • 41st Session (HRC41) 24 June - 12 July
  • 42nd Session (HRC42) 9 - 27 September

In line with the priorities of Australia’s HRC membership, DFAT is pleased to support the attendance of two Australian civil society representatives at each HRC session in 2019 – HRC40, HRC41 and HRC42. 

DFAT will support each successful applicant’s attendance at one session of the HRC.  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 civil society representatives at the HRC.  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 Human Rights Council sessions in 2019 [PDF 224 KB] | [Word 180 KB]

Applications Close Friday 30 November 2018 (17:00 AEST).


Last Updated: 2 November 2018
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