Senegal’s representative on the United Nation’s Human Rights Council (UN HRC), Coly Seck has been elected president of the body for the year 2019.

The HRC Secretariat announced on Monday that the new president would be assisted by two vice-presidents – Ms. Vesna Batistić Kos of Croatia and Mr. Harald Aspelund of Iceland.

The election was conducted during an organizational session to elect its leadership and to discuss its programme of work for next year.

It also considered a draft statement on ways to enhance the efficiency of the Council.

The body had recently elected a new set of representatives to serve three-year terms of African representatives who made it were from three regional blocs – West, Central and East Africa: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Eritrea, Somalia and Togo.

The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.