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Launch of the 47th Session of the Human Rights Council (21 June – 13 July)

Today the 47th session of the Human Rights Council has started, the United Nations’ main body for the promotion and protection of human rights at the global level. A speech by the the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet opened the session, which will discuss situations concerning the protection of human rights in around forty countries and specific issues of interest to the Council, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly seventy reports submitted by human rights experts and other investigative bodies will also be examined and more than thirty interactive dialogues with special procedures mandate holders will be held.

The Council will also adopt the final reports of the last cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of Micronesia, Lebanon, Mauritania, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Australia, Saint Lucia, Nepal, Oman, Austria, Rwanda, Georgia, Sao Tome and Principe, and Nauru.

As a member of the Council for the three-year period 2019-2021, Italy takes an active part in its work, especially in relation to the priority issues of its mandate. The Permanent Representative of Italy to the International Organisations in Geneva, Amb. Gian Lorenzo Cornado, will speak in particular in the

annual high-level panel discussion on the multisectoral prevention of and response to female genital mutilations, and in the interactive dialogues on sexual orientation and gender identity, discrimination against women, violence against women and trafficking in persons.

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