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Annual Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and Reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General, 2009

Published February 13, 2009

"The present annual report, the first submitted to the Human Rights Council by the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay, outlines the efforts made by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to implement its mandate. It describes the support given to the work of the Council and the effective functioning of its mechanisms. In this context, it pays attention to the universal periodic review and the support given to this process by the Office of the High Commissioner.

In the report, the High Commissioner elaborates on the strategic themes identified in the Strategic Management Plan for the period 2008–2009 and their implementation. She also gives an overview of ongoing efforts in the field and activities related to the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The report focuses on the support for an inclusive and successful Durban Review Conference and the leadership of the Office in enhancing a rights-based approach on issues such as migration, freedom of expression and incitement to racial and religious hatred. Finally, the report highlights the support for human rights treaty bodies and the importance of ensuring follow-up to the recommendations resulting from their work."

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