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

HRC 41 - EU Explanation of Position: The Social Forum

Geneva, 12/07/2019 - 16:00, UNIQUE ID: 190712_11
Statements on behalf of the EU

41st Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council Geneva, 24 June – 12 July 2019 EU Explanation of Position: The Social Forum

Thank you, Mr. President,

 

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the EU.

 

Mr. President,

 

The European Union and its Member States appreciate the modalities for the Social Forum with continued wide participation for civil society, including at the most recent forum held in 2018 on human rights in the context of the possibilities of using sport and the Olympic ideal to promote human rights for all and to strengthen universal respect for them.

We welcome the decision by the main sponsor to maintain the duration of the forum in two days and we encourage that this trend remains. The budgetary implications of the forum are still high so we hope to further explore options how the objectives of the forum could be met within more reasonable budget taking into account the overall financial situation of the UN and the OHCHR.

Finally, the EU welcomes the proposed theme for the 2020 Social Forum.

 

For the above mentioned reasons, the EU supports resolution L.4 and can join the consensus.

 

Thank you, Mr. President.

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