HE Ms. Carole Lanteri, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Principality to the United Nations Office in Geneva, paid a courtesy call on Michelle Bachelet, the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
On this occasion, the Ambassador and the High Commissioner spoke about the Principality’s commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights, especially for the most vulnerable (children, women, disabled people).
HE Mrs. Carole Lanteri also recalled the cooperation initiated for many years between the Prince’s Government and the Office of the High Commissioner, which is reflected in particular by the payment of voluntary contributions that reached, in 2018, an overall amount of €60,000.
Michelle Bachelet welcomed some recent developments in the Principality in the field of human rights, including the creation in 2013 of the Office of the High Commissioner for the Protection of Rights, Freedoms and Mediation and, more recently, the implementation of in place of the Committee for the Promotion and Protection of Women’s Rights.
She also congratulated Monaco for his commitment during his 3rd Universal Periodic Review, held November 12, 2018.
The Ambassador and the High Commissioner finally exchanged on the various UN mechanisms for evaluating national human rights policies, which may have a positive impact on the evolution of practices and normative development in the countries examined.
As a reminder, the High Commissioner for Human Rights is appointed by the UN Secretary-General. He heads the Office of the High Commissioner, whose mandate entrusted to him by the General Assembly is to promote and protect all human rights.
To this end, it supports the implementation of international human rights standards in the field, assists governments in fulfilling their obligations and encourages individuals to assert their rights. Moreover, it is objectively speaking about human rights violations around the world.