Ghana as a candidate for the UN Human Rights Council for 2024-2026

Today marks the elections for seats of the UN Human Rights Council. Ghana along with Côte D'Ivoire, Malawi and Burundi are among the African candidates

The election of members of the UN Human Rights Council for the 2024-2026 term will take place on 10 October 2023.

Per paragraph 7 of General Assembly resolution 60/251the Council shall consist of 47 Member States, which shall be elected directly and individually by secret ballot by the majority of the members of the General Assembly.

The membership shall be based on equitable geographical distribution, and seats shall be distributed as follows among regional groups:

  • Group of African States (13)
  • Group of Asia-Pacific States (13)
  • Group of Eastern European States (6)
  • Group of Latin American and Caribbean States (8)
  • Group of Western European and other States (7)
The members of the Council shall serve for three years and shall not be eligible for immediate re-election after two consecutive terms.

Under General Assembly resolutions 60/251 and 65/281 and decision 75/402, the Human Rights Council starts its yearly membership cycle on 1 January.

At its 71st plenary meeting on 10 May 2022, the General Assembly, according to its resolutions 60/251 of 15 March 2006 and 65/281 of 17 June 2011, elected Czechia for the remainder of the term of office of the Russian Federation beginning on 10 May 2022 and ending on 31 December 2023.

Member States who have chosen to announce their candidacies in writing are listed below. Voluntary pledges that Member States have chosen to provide in support of their respective candidacies, following paragraph 8 of General Assembly resolution 60/251, are issued as General Assembly documents in all official languages. For more information, read the FAQ.

Watch the election here.


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