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The U.N. Gave a Quiet Diplomat the Wrong Job

Added 09-16-22 05:34:03am EST - “Volker T” - Foreignpolicy.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Foreignpolicy.com: “The U.N. Gave a Quiet Diplomat the Wrong Job”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Modi will miss the annual summit, but other leaders are expected to address the region’s vulnerability.

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The selection of Volker Türk as the next United Nations high commissioner for human rights risks becoming not only the most expected but also the most disappointing appointment of U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres’s tenure. An Austrian lawyer, Türk has long experience in the United Nations. Guterres previously had appointed him the senior official in charge of refugee protection at the U.N. refugee agency and then undersecretary-general for policy at U.N. headquarters in New York. Türk is widely seen as intelligent, so he may be smart enough to adapt to the needs of his new office. But by virtue of temperament and experience, he seems poorly suited for the U.N.’s top human rights post.

The U.N. human rights chief has few tools available to make a difference. A head of state, by contrast, might condition arms sales, military aid, trade benefits, or even invitations to prestigious summits as an inducement for another government to respect human rights. Such conditionality can be conveyed publicly or privately.

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