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Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (A/HRC/31/3) [EN/AR]

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I. Introduction

  1. The present report, submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 48/141, gives an overview of the work of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) from December 2014 to November 2015, as guided by programme 20 of the Strategic Framework of the Secretary General and the thematic priorities indicated in the OHCHR Management Plan for 2014-2017.

  2. As at 1 November 2015, OHCHR was supporting 64 field presences, including new offices in Burundi and in Seoul, and signed an agreement with the Government of Honduras to establish an office in that country by the end of 2015. The Kosovo and Togo offices were closed in the first half of 2015.

  3. During the period under review, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights visited the United States of America, Tunisia, Burundi, the Republic of Korea, the Central African Republic, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Switzerland, Sweden, Mexico and Brazil. The Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights visited Colombia and the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights visited Afghanistan, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ukraine, Somalia and South Sudan, in addition to undertaking missions to Central Asia, Ireland and Nigeria as part of a delegation headed by the Secretary-General.