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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking to strengthen and increase resources for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. (140076)

The UK fully supported the decision at the UN World summit, 14-16 September 2005, to double resources from the UN regular budget to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) over the next five years. As well as supporting the OHCHR through the UK’s contribution to the UN regular budget, the Government continue to be one of the major donors to the OHCHR through voluntary contributions. They are contributing over £2.5 million annually in the period 2005-08.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development remain in close contact with the OHCHR on progress on the OHCHR’s strategic management programme, which sets goals for OHCHR’s expansion in 2006-08 and will, ‘inter alia’, enhance OHCHR’s capacity to mainstream human rights more effectively across the UN system. We fully support this programme, including through resisting efforts by some at the UN Human Rights Council to limit the OHCHR’s independence in pursuing its goals.