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The High Commissioner for Human Rights is the principal human rights official of the United Nations.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is accountable to the Secretary-General and is responsible for all the activities of OHCHR, as well as for its administration.
The High Commissioner:
In accordance with General Assembly resolution 48/141, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations and approved by the General Assembly, with due regard to geographical rotation for a fixed term of four years with a possibility of one renewal for another fixed term of four years.
Volker Türk of Austria is the current High Commissioner for Human Rights, and took up his duties 17 October 2022. He was appointed as High Commissioner for Human Rights by the United Nations Secretary-General, following the General Assembly’s approval on 8 September 2022. He is the eighth High Commissioner to lead the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Read his biography