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HRC41: Denmark is alarmed by the disproportionate effect of budget cuts and cash flows challenges on the OHCHR and the UN human rights mechanisms, and highlights the relevance and strength of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

03.07.2019  16:07

Human Rights Council, 41st session
Item 5, General Debate
Statement by Denmark
3 July 2019

Mr President,
Denmark aligns itself with the statement by the European Union and would like to give a few additional remarks.
While budgetary restraint is important, we are alarmed by the disproportionate effect that recent budget cuts to the general UN budget, combined with extraordinary cash flows challenges, are having on the OHCHR and the UN human rights mechanisms.
We commend all UN member states that pay their regular budget assessments timely and in full. The regular budget should fund all mandated activities of the OHCHR and the UN human rights mechanisms, and it is therefore worrying that 20 percent of such activities are financed by voluntary contributions.
Business and human rights is an important priority for Denmark, and we thank the UN Working Group for its valuable guidance and chairing of the annual Forum on Business and Human Rights. We welcome the report on the 7th session of the forum, and welcome the high level of gender balance among both participants and panelists in the session.
As is highlighted in the report, the 2030 Agenda envisages an important role for the business sector in contributing towards achieving the SDGs. Respect for human rights must indeed be a foundation for corporate engagement on the SDGs.
The broad and ever-increasing participation in the forum is testimony to the relevance and strength of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which are its very foundation. We look forward to this year’s forum.
Thank you.



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