This week's "Photo of the Week" comes to us from Eric Bridiers, who serves at the U.S. Mission in Geneva. In this photograph, Bridiers captures the domed ceiling of the Human Rights Council chamber, which was created by Spanish artist Miquel Barcelo using pigments from across the globe.
Today, Under Secretary of State Maria Otero addressed the 19th Session of the Human Rights Council and underscored the significant impact the Council makes on the world. Under Secretary Otero said, "When the United States joined the UN Human Rights Council two years ago, we set forth four values that would guide our work in this body: universality, dialogue, principle, and truth. We knew then, as we know now, that the honest dialogue and dedicated effort of this Council will help all of our nations on the path to international peace and security. In the two years since, we have stayed true to those values. But our global challenges remain -- among them, threats to freedoms of assembly, association, expression and religion and to vulnerable populations. As we seek a second term on the Council, the United States stands ready to build on the Council's successes to pursue solutions to these pressing challenges."
Earlier this week, the Human Rights Council held an Urgent Debate on Syria and hosted the Governing Council of the Community of Democracies. You can learn more about the Council's important work by going to the U.S. Mission's website and following @usmissiongeneva and @AmbDonahoe on Twitter. You can view more of Bridiers' photographs on U.S. Mission Geneva's Flickr photostream.