Assembly Approves Appointment of New Human Rights Commissioner
The General Assembly approved the appointment of Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan as the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, for a term of office of four years, beginning on 1 September 2014 and expiring on 31 August 2018. Prince Zeid succeeds Navi Pillay of South Africa, who has served as High Commissioner for Human Rights for the past six years.
John Ashe (centre), President of the Assembly's sixty-eighth session, chairs the Assembly's meeting. He is flanked by Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson (left) and Ion Botnaru, Director of the General Assembly and Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Affairs Division.