Morocco has achieved a historic milestone by securing the presidency of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the year 2024. The Kingdom’s election took place following a vote held on January 10th in Geneva, where out of the forty-seven UN Human Rights Council members, 30 supported Morocco’s candidacy. This triumph stands in contrast to the 17 votes garnered by South Africa, as reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation, and Moroccans Residing Abroad in an official statement.
This marks Morocco’s first-ever election to the presidency of the UNHRC, a significant achievement lauded by the ministry as an international acknowledgment of the insightful vision of King Mohammed VI in the realm of human rights protection and promotion.
The election of Morocco, supported by a considerable number of countries worldwide, despite opposition efforts from Algeria and South Africa, reflects the trust and credibility inspired by Morocco’s external actions under Royal Guidance. The ministry underscores Morocco’s recognized contribution to the UNHRC, especially in the foundational development processes of the council.
Expressing satisfaction, the source highlights the trust placed in Morocco, interpreting it as a robust signal from the international community endorsing the nation’s constructive approach and inclusive leadership on pivotal issues such as interreligious dialogue, tolerance, combating racial hatred, the right to a healthy and sustainable environment, migrant rights, and the impact of new technologies. Morocco’s newfound presidency is seen as a testament to its global influence and commitment to shaping meaningful dialogue on critical global challenges.