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Statement by Ambassador Günter Sautter in the Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the HRC President, 29 October

30.10.2021 - Speech

Thank you, Chair,

Germany aligns itself with the statement of the European Union.

We thank the President of the Human Rights Council for her work and appreciate the opportunity for exchange here in New York.

Human Rights need to be at the heart of our efforts both in Geneva and in New York. Human Rights need to be mainstreamed throughout the UN system and provided with the necessary adequate funding. We see room for improvement in both, especially with a view to the nexus between Peace and Security and Human Rights. We also strongly believe that the briefing of the PBC chair to the Human Rights Council adds to the necessary mainstreaming efforts and express our hope and expectation that it will take place soon.

Addressing the challenges of our times requires a strong and human rights-based approach. This applies to climate change, new and emerging digital technologies, gender equality, and many other topics. Germany welcomes important steps taken in this regard like the establishment of a Special Rapporteur on Climate Change, as well as the recognition of the right to a healthy environment at the last Human Rights Council.

We are also committed to the important role and contributions by civil society for all pillars of the UN.

Madam President, how does the Human Rights Council contribute to the Secretary General’s Prevention agenda? What more could the Human Rights Council do, if better funded?

Thank you.

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