Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Other Organizations in Geneva Ambassador Evan P. Garcia was unanimously elected as Vice President of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) during the Council’s meeting on January 10.
“Having Ambassador Garcia in the leadership body of the UN Human Rights Council is consistent with the Philippines’ long standing policy of active engagement in the field of human rights,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said.
“More importantly, this is a strong affirmation of the high regard and trust in the leadership of the Philippines in the field of human rights by the UN member states, in general, and the 47 of UN HRC member states, in particular,” Cayetano added.
Garcia will serve as Vice President of UNHRC during the Council’s Twelfth Cycle (2018).
UNHRC is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.
The Philippines was elected by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to be part of UNHRC in 2015 to serve for 2016-2018.
Members of the Council serve for a period of three years, while Council President and four Vice Presidents representing the five regional groups serve for a year, in accordance with the Council’s annual cycle. The Council’s President and Vice Presidents form the Bureau of the Council.
Sources: https://dfa.gov.ph/dfa-news/news-from-our-foreign-service-postsupdate/15269-phl-ambassador-to-the-un-in-geneva-unanimously-elected-as-vice-president-of-the-un-human-rights-council; http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/Bureau.aspx; http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/Membership.aspx