Delegation of the European Union to the
UN and other international organisations in Geneva

HRC 40 - EU Intervention: Dialogue with Ms. Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General

Geneva, 07/03/2019 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 190318_7
Statements on behalf of the EU

40th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council Geneva, 25 February – 22 March 2019 EU Intervention: Dialogue with Ms. Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General

Thank you Mr. President,

The EU warmly welcomes this dialogue with Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed. We find it important that we have an opportunity to exchange views on the synergies and complementarity between the work streams in New York and Geneva.

The EU is determined to preserve the international rule-based order, which requires multilateral diplomacy and a strong UN with human rights at its core. International rules, organizations and jurisdictions are a guarantee for all. This is why the EU will continue to invest in a strong and effective UN system that delivers on its mandates across all of its three pillars : Human Rights, Peace and Security and Development. 

The EU and its Member States fully support the Secretary-General's ambitious reform agenda, which aims at making the UN system truly coordinated, efficient, effective, integrated, transparent and accountable. It is important to ensure that the UN development system is fit for the purpose of better supporting a human rights-based implementation of the 2030 Agenda, including by refocusing it on areas of comparative advantage.

The success of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is intrinsically linked to the respect for and the protection and fulfilment of human rights. The 2030 Agenda is a universal, transformative political roadmap for ensuring inclusive and sustainable development for all, without exclusion of any kind. As recognized in the Agenda itself, national and international efforts to meet these ambitious goals and targets must be designed and implemented in a manner consistent with states' international obligations and commitments, including those outlined in international human rights law.

The UN core human rights treaties are particularly relevant to the principle of ensuring that no one is left behind and the commitment of the international community to reach those furthest behind first. The treaties, ratified by the vast majority of states, all set out a range of provisions for the protection against discrimination and abuse and underline measures to promote equality and human dignity.  Addressing gender inequality, ensuring the rights of those marginalized and in vulnerable situations and promoting the rights of the child are prerequisites for the successful implementation of the SDGs.

The EU reiterates that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, and that a lack of development cannot be invoked to justify the violation of these rights..

Deputy Secretary-General Mohammed,

The European Union is committed to a human rights- based approach in implementing the SDGs, both internally as well as in our external action. We are also a strong supporter of the Human Rights Up Front-initiative. For us strengthening the centrality of the human rights pillar across the UN system is essential as the Secretary General's Reform Agenda is being implemented. With this in mind, could you elaborate on how the Human Rights Up Front- initiative is currently being taken forward and how the Secretary General aims to ensure that human rights are at the core of the UN's agenda and guides all delivery of results on the ground ?.

I thank you.

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