Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein assumed his functions as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on September 1, 2014, following the General Assembly’s approval on 16 June 2014 of his appointment by the United Nations Secretary-General. He will be the seventh individual to lead the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the first Asian, Muslim, and Arab to do so. Previously the Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations, Zeid’s professional experience demonstrates his long familiarity with international criminal justice, international law, UN peacekeeping, post-conflict peace-building, international development, and counter- nuclear terrorism. He further served on the international advisory councils of ‘The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation’, the ‘International Peace Institute’ and the Security Council. He is married to Princess Sarah Zeid and they have two daughters and a son. He has met with NGOs and it is clear that he will continue to work with us on issues such as the difficulties of human rights defenders, equality, peace, migration, and issues of women and girls.
“We must therefore persevere together until we bend the course of humanity’s future into a destination more hopeful and enlightened, in which human decency is the only currency of human interaction, and is valued above and beyond material wealth or cleverness alone. After all, the world is not in need of an even greater number of highly intelligent people, nor politically powerful or extremely rich people; many of them are consequential, yes, but … To rescue this blue, marble-looking sphere, our planet, we need – and here we must agree with His Holiness Pope Francis — we need more compassionate, profoundly considerate and wise people piloting our collective fate, and they must be courageous too.”