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Pledging event for Human Rights Council election candidates
6 Sep 2019 -  General Assembly resolution 60/251 establishing the Human Rights Council outlined a competitive procedure to select its members. The resolution also stipulates that, when electing members of the Council, Member States must take into account the contribution of candidates to the promotion and protection of human rights, and their voluntary pledges and commitments made thereto.

For a number of years, Amnesty International and the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), with the support of UN Member States, have organised an annual event at which all candidates are invited to present their pledges and commitments. Candidates from all of the regional groups have participated in previous years and engaged in an interesting, well-attended and constructive interactive dialogue.

The event provides candidate States the opportunity to elaborate, in a public forum, upon the pledges and commitments they have made in seeking membership of the Council. The event is also an occasion for candidates to discuss how they intend to fulfil what they have committed to on paper in seeking membership of the Council and to share their vision of their role and priorities as members, should they be elected.