This being the first interactive dialogue with the new mandate holder, the European Union and its Member States would like to welcome Ms. Tlaleng Mofokeng and congratulate her for her appointment.
The promotion and protection of the right to health is a priority for us. The current pandemic served as a reminder of how central health is in our lives, how interdependent that right is with all other rights, and how crucial it is to adopt a human-rights based approach in the response to the pandemic. Madam Special Rapporteur, rest assured of our committed collaboration with your mandate.
We thank the Special Rapporteur for outlining the strategic priorities for the mandate. We agree with her that combatting inequalities and all forms of discrimination in health settings is an underlying determinant for progress in achieving universal health coverage and the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.
We encourage the Special Rapporteur to embrace a comprehensive and all-inclusive approach in the discharge of the mandate, looking at all the spectrum of root causes of inequalities; health determinants and paying equal attention both to physical and to mental health.
Madam Special Rapporteur,
How do you plan to collaborate and interact with the variety of international agencies working on health, like WHO, UNAIDS, UNFPA, GAVI, and to create synergies in advocating for a human-rights based approach to health?