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HRC38: Statement by Denmark on behalf of SDG's-HR's core group in the annual discussion on technical cooperation.

04.07.2018  11:08

UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
38th session
Item 10: Annual thematic discussion on technical cooperation
INTERVENTION BY THE CORE GROUP FOR THE RESOLUTION ON 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 implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

The 2030 Agenda is a platform for sustainable development that enjoys unanimous support. The SDGs mirror the international human rights framework. With its universal applicability, the 2030 Agenda brings opportunities to integrate all human rights into global and national policies – in both developed and developing countries over the next 12 years. This is why the promotion and protection of human rights and the implementation of the SDGs should be seen as interrelated and mutually reinforcing.

This connection offers a unique chance to enhance policy coherence and efficiency throughout the next decade. To capitalize on this opportunity we need to explore ways to operationalize the close link between human rights and sustainable development in practice. For example, how can the recommendations that emerge from human rights monitoring mechanisms support and inform the implementation of the 2030 Agenda?

Our core-group was very pleased with the adoption of resolution 37/24, in which the Council has highlighted the important contribution of international human rights mechanisms as well as technical cooperation and capacity building to ensure that the SDG’s are implemented in accordance with States’ human rights obligations. We commend the High Commissioner for his report and underlines the importance of strengthening capacity for integrated approaches across the wider UN-system. OHCHR has a most important role in this regard with its unique mandate to support and advice on human rights in the implementation of the SDGs.

To ensure that the human rights system can support implementation of the SDGs in a targeted and effective way, we believe it is critical to ensure that the right structures are in place. Information by human rights mechanisms needs to be easily accessible for the wider UN system, State actors, and civil society.

Finally, we would like to ask the Panel: At this point of time what are the major opportunities and challenges for the human rights system to support implementation of the SDGs?

I thank you