I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.
The European Union thanks the chairperson of the Expert Mechanism on the Right to Development for presenting the annual report and the first thematic study.
The EU did not support the creation of the Expert Mechanism, a third mechanism focused on the right to development, but in the constructive spirit we engaged in the discussions conducted in the second and third session of the Mechanism last autumn and earlier this year.
Sustainable and inclusive development lies at the heart of European values and constitutes an overarching objective of the European Union. The EU, together with its Member States, is fully committed to lead global efforts to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable and inclusive development by 2030. Let me recall our commitment to achieving the target of providing 0.7% of collective GNI as ODA by 2030– a target that some EU Member States already fulfil.
We recognize that divergent views on the right to development persist, and we reiterate our long standing position that any discussion on the right to development must be grounded in basic principles: the indivisibility and interdependence of all human rights; the multidimensional nature of development strategies; the fact that individuals are the central actors and drivers of the development process; and the primary responsibility of states, acting individually and collectively, for the full realization of the right to development and ensuring that their citizens can benefit.
The EU is committed to engage in regular dialogues with all our partners, bi-laterally, regionally and multi-laterally, on concrete ways in which we can ensure the full realisation of the 2030 agenda. As your thematic report correctly underscores, there is a heightened importance and urgency of bringing the 2030 Agenda back on track during and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We would like to invite the Chair to elaborate on whether the Expert Mechanism sees ways in which it could help to depoliticise the discussions and try to foster a better mutual understanding around the right to development and ultimately seek true progress on the consensually agreed 2030 Agenda and its SDGs and targets?
I thank you.