Michelle Bachelet is new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. (10/08/2018)

 The General Assembly approved on August 10 the appointment of Michelle Bachelet as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights effective September 2018. Bachelet is a prominent women’s rights advocate who served as the first woman president in Chile and is expected to assert her leadership in advancing human rights in the world with rising racial tension and authoritarian rule.

(Source: UN News)

 As noted in the UN Secretary-General`s announcement, Ms. Bachelet most recently served as President of Chile (from 2014 to 2018 and 2006 to 2010) and was appointed in 2010 as the first Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women). She also held ministerial portfolios in the Chilean Government as Minister of Defence (2002-2004) and Minister of Health (2000-2002).

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