New Delhi (09.09.2022): United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has approved the appointment of Austrian diplomat Volker Türk as the next United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. A veteran UN staffer Turk will succeed Michelle Bachelet of Chile.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had proposed that Turk succeed Bachelet, whose term ended on August 31, and the UN’s 193-member assembly quickly approved the appointment by consensus on Thursday.
Secretary-General thanked Bachelet for her commitment and dedicated service to the UN.
In his long and distinguished career, Türk has worked for advancing universal human rights, notably the international protection of some of the world’s most vulnerable people - refugees and stateless persons.
Currently, as Under-Secretary-General for Policy in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, Türk coordinates global policy work.
“Notably the international protection of some of the world’s most vulnerable people — refugees and stateless persons,” the UN said.
Türk holds a doctorate in international law from the University of Vienna and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Linz, Austria.