Norway Welcomes US Candidacy to the Human Rights Council
USA have decided to put their candidacy to the UN Human Rights Council at the election in the General Assembly in May 2009. Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre, welcomes the US candidacy and their engagement in the work of the Human Rights Council.
The American press release says that the decision is in line with the new policies of the Obama-administration, and that human rights are important elements of US foreign policy.
At the election in New York 12 May, 18 seats in the council are to be elected. Norway and Belgium are candidates together with USA to the three seats reserved the western group after New Zealand withdrew their candidacy yesterday. Norway, Belgium and USA need support from a majority of UN member states to be elected. Members of the Human Rights Council are elected for three years.