Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

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The position of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights was created following the World Conference in 1993. Its main purpose is to strengthen the United Nations attempts to establish a system for all people to enjoy human rights and fundamental freedoms. . Since the position has been created, it has assisted in serving as the primary focal point and awareness tool for human rights issues within the United Nations and beyond. Navanethem Pillay was appointed by the Secretary-General after the approval from the General Assembly as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on July 28, 2008. Beginning on September 1, 2012 Navi Pillay was approved for another 2 years as High Commissioner. Humanitarian issues have always existed and since the United Nations was founded in 1948 these issues have had a major impact on their policies and planning procedures. One of the first stepping-stones that were made to create an international norm was the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. After years of trial and error there was a World Conference on Human Rights from June 14-25, 1993. This is where the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, which created the new and improved “framework of planning, and dialogue and cooperation” (World Conference)* on the state, local and national levels. These series of events ultimately lead to the creation of the OHCHR. “The mission of the OHCHR is to work for the protection of all human rights for all people; to help empower people to realize their rights; and to assist those responsible for upholding such rights in ensuring that they are implemented.” (Mission Statement)** With this organization put in place to strengthen and stand firmly behind issues violating human rights, the... ... middle of paper ... ...ow can we increase the level of peace and security to these areas so that the civilians are able to benefit from the humanitarian aid? Despite the fact that the OHCHR has had difficulties with facilitating some of these humanitarian issues in some areas, they have been extremely effective and progressively improving and implementing strategies that abide by the International Declaration of Human Rights. These improvements and the dire need for an organization overseeing the global crisis of human welfare, are a primary reasons why the OHCHR has seen such an increase in voluntary funds since 2009. Although we may have some questions unanswered, the OHCHR’s level of transparency and legitimacy has earned this organization its rightful position. The OHCHR’s impact on globalization has been remarkably beneficial and has validated their exceptional reputation.
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