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HRC40: Joint Statement General debate on item 10 – Technical assistance and capacity building 

21.03.2019 

UN Human Rights Council 40th Session
General debate on item 10 – Technical assistance and capacity building
INTERVENTION BY RWANDA ON BEHALF OF THE CORE GROUP FOR THE RESOLUTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE 2030 AGENDA
(Azerbaijan, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Ecuador, Fiji, Luxembourg, Portugal, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Thailand and Uruguay)

Mr President,

I am pleased to make this statement on behalf of 13 countries, all members of the core group for the resolution on human rights and the implementation of the 2030 agenda.

Technical assistance and capacity-building is important not only for supporting states in their efforts to integrate human rights in national policies and frameworks, but also for ensuring that the 2030 Agenda is implemented in accordance with States’ human rights obligations.

As highlighted in resolution 37/24, promotion and protection of human rights and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda are interrelated and mutually reinforcing. Or as UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed expressed it to this Council two weeks ago: “Human rights are an intrinsic part of sustainable development – and sustainable development is a powerful vehicle for the realization of all human rights.”

This was also one of the key messages from the intersessional meeting this January for dialogue and cooperation on human rights and the 2030 Agenda. Other key messages concerned the importance of sharing knowledge and experience as well as the significance of partnerships, the international human rights mechanisms and national human rights institutions. The report of the meeting, as presented to the Council, will serve as input to the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. This will be an important step in better linking the human rights community in Geneva and the development community in New York.

In closing, as recognised by the Deputy Secretary General, we should not forget that implementation of both human rights and the 2030 Agenda fundamentally depend on national leadership and ownership. But technical assistance and capacity-building is an important contribution to further the promotion and protection of human rights in the implementation of 2030 Agenda.
Thank you.