Louise Arbour will not be seeking a second
term as High Commissioner

7 March 2008

A short while ago, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour confirmed to the states attending the Human Rights Council here in Geneva that she will not be seeking a second term after her mandate as High Commissioner expires on 30 June. By that time she will have served a full four-year term, and she does not wish to commit herself to do another four years.

The procedure for appointing her successor is as follows: The Secretary-General, in consultation with members states will select a suitable candidate, who will then need to be confirmed by the General Assembly.