Former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet was appointed by the UN General Assembly as the world body’s next top human rights official to replace Jordanian diplomat Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres had this week nominated Bachelet to be the next UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Her name was forwarded for consideration by the 193-member UN General Assembly, which today approved her appointment.
Al Hussein warmly welcomed the UN General Assembly’s appointment of Bachelet to succeed him when his mandate comes to an end on 31 August 2018.
“I am truly delighted by the appointment of Michelle Bachelet as the next UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,” Zeid said.
“She has all the attributes courage, perseverance, passion, and a deep commitment to human rights to make her a successful High Commissioner. The UN Human Rights Office looks forward to welcoming her and working under her leadership for the promotion and protection of all human rights, for everyone, everywhere.”
Bachelet most recently served as President of Chile (from 2014 to 2018, and 2006 to 2010). She was the first Executive Director of UN-Women between 2010 and 2013. She has also served as Minister of Defence and Minister of Health in Chile. The UN General Assembly today approved the UN Secretary-General’s appointment of Bachelet for a four-year term as High Commissioner.