United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) – Novice
Established in 2006, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) works to preserve human rights worldwide and ensure that no abuses are committed. In fact, the Universal Periodic Review, a key tenet of the UNHRC, is the most comprehensive UN-based method by which the state of human rights within member nations can be assessed. If the UNHRC determines that significant abuses have been committed, they are able to hold emergency meetings and investigate. The 47 countries on the UNHRC, chosen by the member states of the general assembly, have discussed a wide variety of topics such as the state of human rights in Syria, the impact of discrimination on human rights for women, and the right to the enjoyment of the highest standard of physical and mental health.
Topic A: Human Rights on the Internet
Topic B: Protection of Cultural Rights and Cultural Diversity
Background Guide: Now Available!
Letter from the Chair
My name is William Klink and I am thrilled to be the chair of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). I am a sophomore at Johns Hopkins studying International Studies and Political Science. Outside of JHUMUNC, I am a delegate for the Hopkins Model UN team (HopMUN) and have travelled to Philadelphia, Montreal, and San Francisco to participate in conferences. In addition, I am the Deputy Secretary of Education for a club called IDEAL, which works to promote bipartisan discussion on college campuses.
This is my first time chairing a committee, and I believe that the UNHRC has the potential to produce enthralling debate on pressing issues. At the conference, we will discuss Protection of Human Rights on the Internet and Protection of Cultural Rights and Cultural Diversity. Both of these topics have garnered worldwide attention in recent years. They are some of the defining issues of our time, and as members of the UNHRC you have the opportunity to pass resolutions and take concrete steps towards making the world a better place for all.
Since this is a novice committee, I want each delegate to leave the conference with a firm understanding of the fundamentals of Model UN that they can apply to future conferences. Also, participation in committee is highly encouraged! Having been in your shoes not so long ago, I understand that talking in front of other delegates may seem daunting. However, it’s a lot easier after the first time!
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me before the conference with any questions or concerns! I look forward to meeting you all in February.
Chair of the UNHRC