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HRC41: Denmark and 12 other countries highlight that the UPR can make valuable contributions to the implementation of the SDGs

05.07.2019  18:41

UN Human Rights Council 41st session
General debate on item 6 – Universal Periodic Review – 5 July 2019

Statement by Denmark on behalf of the core group for the resolution on human rights and implementation of the 2030 agenda

Mr. President,

I am pleased to make this statement on behalf of Azerbaijan, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Fiji, Luxembourg, Portugal, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Thailand, Uruguay and my own country, Denmark, all members of the core group for the resolution on human rights and the 2030 Agenda.

Together with the other international human rights mechanisms, the UPR can make valuable contributions to the implementation of the SDGs in accordance with States’ human rights obligations – particularly by informing policy and planning at the national level. The broad acceptance of UPR recommendations, not least those directly linked to the SDGs, can constitute a strong basis for integrated action on human rights and the 2030 Agenda.

Examples of the contributions of the UPR were discussed at the first intersessional meeting for dialogue and cooperation on human rights and the 2030 Agenda in January this year. For example, States explained how they seek to link UPR reporting with their voluntary national SDG review, and how they can build synergy between UPR and SDG implementation at the national level, without disregarding the equal value of all accepted recommendations. And the Danish Institute for Human Rights introduced their innovative database that clearly shows how a large number of UPR recommendations are directly linked to the 169 SDG targets.

The outcome of the meeting will be presented by High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet to the High Level Political Forum in New York later this month. The second intersessional meeting is planned to take place towards the end of this year.

Mr. President,
Human rights and the 2030 Agenda are indeed interrelated and mutually reinforcing. As stated by High Commissioner Bachelet: “The human rights approach leads to development that is more powerful, more sustainable and more effective, because it promotes empowerment, inclusiveness and equal opportunities for all”.

Thank you.



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