Strengthening of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Commission on Human Rights resolution 2000/1

The Commission on Human Rights,

Recalling all relevant resolutions of the General Assembly and the Commission on Human Rights, in particular Assembly resolution 48/141 of 20 December 1993 and Commission resolutions 1998/83 of 24 April 1998 and 1999/54 of 27 April 1999,

Underscoring the importance of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights for all States,

Reaffirming the universal support for the creation of the post of High Commissioner for Human Rights and affirming, in order to promote and protect human rights, the need for continuing support by all States for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights,

Reaffirming also that all human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated and that the international community must treat human rights globally in a fair and equal manner, on the same footing and with the same emphasis,

Recalling that the mandate of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights includes promotion and protection of the effective enjoyment by all of all civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights,

Recalling also that the mandate of the High Commissioner for Human Rights confers on her a central role in the realization of the right to development,

Recalling further that the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action adopted at the World Conference on Human Rights (A/CONF.157/23) recognized the necessity for an adaptation and strengthening of United Nations human rights machinery in accordance with current and future needs in the promotion and protection of human rights,

Recognizing the need for further and continued support and consideration of the programmes and activities of the Office of the High Commissioner,

1.         Takes note of the report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (E/CN.4/2000/12 and Add.1);

2.         Supports fully the Secretary-General and the High Commissioner in their efforts to strengthen the human rights activities of the United Nations;

3.         Reaffirms the importance of ensuring universality, objectivity and non-selectivity in the consideration of human rights issues, and requests the High Commissioner to continue to ensure that the fulfilment of her mandate and the activities of her Office are guided by these principles;

4.         Underlines that the Office of the High Commissioner is a common office for all and should therefore continue in its efforts to reflect diversity of backgrounds;

5.         Encourages the Office of the High Commissioner to continue the current practice of making the best use of available human rights expertise relevant to and, as appropriate, from the regions where activities are undertaken;

6.         Recalls that the Office of the High Commissioner, as part of the United Nations Secretariat, is governed by Article 101 of the Charter of the United Nations concerning staffing policies, which is important in the field of human rights;

7.         Encourages the High Commissioner, within her mandate as set out in General Assembly resolution 48/141, to continue to play an active role in promoting and protecting all human rights, including in the prevention of human rights violations throughout the world;

8.         Reiterates the need to ensure that all necessary financial, material and personnel resources are provided from the regular budget of the United Nations without delay to the United Nations human rights programme to enable the Office of the High Commissioner to carry out its mandates efficiently, effectively and expeditiously;

9.         Welcomes the increased voluntary contributions to the Office of the High Commissioner, in particular those from developing countries;

10.       Reaffirms that the tasks of the High Commissioner include promoting and protecting the realization of the right to development and that the Office of the High Commissioner should provide adequate resources and staff for its follow-up;

11.       Calls upon the High Commissioner to continue to emphasize the promotion and protection of economic, social and cultural rights in the activities of her Office and in that regard encourages the High Commissioner to continue to strengthen her relationship with the appropriate bodies, funds and specialized agencies of the United Nations;

12.       Also Calls upon the High Commissioner to continue to strengthen the management structure of her Office, including human resource management, and to improve the responsiveness of her Office in all priority areas, especially economic, social and cultural rights, which require particular research and analytical capacity;

13.       Recommends that the Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly provide the Office of the High Commissioner with ways and means commensurate to its increasing tasks, as well as more resources for special rapporteurs;

14.       Calls upon the High Commissioner to continue to provide to States, through informal briefings as well as in her report to the Commission, information on voluntary contributions, including their share in the overall budget of the human rights programme and their allocation;

15.       Declares that advisory services and technical cooperation provided at the request of Governments with a view to developing national capacities in the field of human rights constitute one of the most efficient and effective means of promoting and protecting all human rights and democracy;

16.       Emphasizes the need for an increase in the allocation of resources from within the United Nations regular budget for advisory services and technical cooperation in the field of human rights;

17.       Notes with interest the increase in the number of human rights field presences throughout the world and encourages the High Commissioner to consider their further improvement in cooperation with other relevant components of the United Nations system;

18.       Welcomes the open-ended informal briefings provided by the Office of the High Commissioner and takes note with appreciation of these opportunities to discuss openly all aspects of the work of the Office;

19.       Invites the High Commissioner to continue to provide information on cooperation with other United Nations bodies and with Governments and invites her to make available information concerning agreements with States and other United Nations bodies and their implementation, in an open and transparent manner, as appropriate;

20.       Welcomes the launch of Annual Appeal 2000 which:

(a)        Gives an overview of the activities and financial requirements of the Office and, in so doing, indicates the priorities for the year;

(b)        Provides Member States with further information, thus facilitating dialogue on all aspects of the activities of the Office of the High Commissioner, particularly its programme activities and its funding;

(c)        Provides greater transparency in the funding of the Office;

21.       Invites the High Commissioner to inform Member States, as appropriate, on all aspects of follow-up to, and preparation of, annual appeals, including through the periodic information meeting, and looks forward to the publication of Annual Appeal 2001;

22.       Notes the request by the High Commissioner that voluntary contributions should be unearmarked and asks all Governments to take into account that request;

23.       Invites all Governments considering voluntary contributions to the Office of the High Commissioner to consider providing unearmarked contributions to the extent possible with a view to treating all human rights in a fair and equal manner;

24.       Welcomes voluntary contributions by Governments within the framework of the Medium-Term Plan;

25.       Invites the High Commissioner to submit information pursuant to the present resolution in her annual report to the Commission;

26.       Decides to consider the implementation of the present resolution at its fifty-seventh session under the relevant agenda item.


35th Meeting
7 April 2000
[Adopted without a vote.]

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