Günter Nooke, the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office, left today (21 October) for a 4-day trip to New York.
The main purpose of his visit will be to take part in the meeting of the Third (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) Committee of the United Nations General Assembly.
In addition, while in New York Mr Nooke will hold talks with UN and civil-society representatives, as well as with various UN special rapporteurs, on current human rights issues, including freedom of belief and religion, protection from torture and the situation of human rights defenders. The Commissioner will also meet the Chairman of the Third Committee, Frank Majoor, the Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the UN.
Mr Nooke will furthermore discuss the need for action regarding current humanitarian crises with Rashid Khalikov, the Director of the New York office of OCHA (the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs).