un high commissioner for human rights
Since 2008, the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is held by South African lawyer Navi Pillay. The post, created in 1993 following the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, is the highest office in the UN system responsible for promotion and protection of human rights.
The High Commissioner is also in charge of coordinating UN human rights activities and assisting Governments to fulfill their human rights obligations.
To implement her comprehensive human rights tasks, the High Commissioner is assisted by an office of some 1,000 staff. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is based in Geneva and besides a sister office in New York has 12 country offices and 12 regional branches around the world, while the opening of some new offices is underway.