On 14 October 2021, Luxembourg was elected by the United Nations General Assembly in New York to a seat on the Human Rights Council for the mandate 2022-2024. This will be Luxembourg's first term on the Human Rights Council since the Council was established in 2006.
Jean Asselborn, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, travelled to New York on 13 and 14 October 2021 to take part in the election of 18 new members of the Human Rights Council for the 2022-2024 term. The Council has a total of 47 members.
Luxembourg, a member of the Western European and other States Group (WEOG), was elected with 180 votes. Other candidates for the three seats allocated to WEOG in this election were Finland (also elected by 180 votes) and the United States of America (elected by 168 votes). The Grand Duchy, a founding member of the United Nations, was the first country to apply for the Human Rights Council for the 2022-2024 term in December 2013.
In a first statement after the election, the head of Luxembourg's diplomacy warmly thanked the Member States of the United Nations for their confidence and support for the Grand Duchy's candidacy. Minister Asselborn stressed that Luxembourg is aware of the responsibility entrusted to it by the United Nations General Assembly: "Our country will strive to make a useful contribution to the work of the Human Rights Council during the 2022-2024 mandate, particularly in our four priority fields: Support for the rule of law, civic space, human rights defenders and the fight against impunity, human rights-based sustainable development and climate action, gender equality and the fight against discrimination, and the protection and promotion of children's rights. Luxembourg is committed to protecting and promoting the rights of all human beings, in a spirit of partnership and cooperation with other Member States and the United Nations human rights mechanisms. We will also work to ensure that the voice of our civil society partners is heard, which is essential for the effective functioning of the Human Rights Council.”
Press release by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs