Next month’s United Nations Security Council elections show why competition is important.
UN votes for seats on important bodies like the Security Council and Human Rights Council often make a mockery of the word “election.” They typically have little or no competition, ensuring victory for even the least-qualified candidates.
United Nations member states agreed to fully fund UN human rights mechanisms that China
, and their allies had sought to defund in the 2023 budget
. This should set a precedent for UN human rights funding in the future.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has long needed to overhaul his approach to human rights. Hopefully his call to action
announced in Geneva yesterday is the start of something new.