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HRC31: Nordic statement on human rights mainstreaming, High Level Segment

Nordic statement on human rights mainstreaming, High Level Segment, Human Rights Council, 29. February 2016


Distinguished delegates,

It is a great pleasure to speak on behalf of the Nordic countries: Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and my own country Denmark.

It was a historic moment in September last year when the world’s leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda, including 17 Sustainable Development Goals.  We committed ourselves to a universal action plan. A plan with the aim to reach more peaceful, just and sustainable societies.  A plan to allow individuals across the world to reach their full human potential. 

This new Agenda is guided by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, including full respect for international law. It is grounded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in international human rights treaties.

Human rights are universally agreed minimum criteria for at life in dignity.   Human rights standards and principles must play a key role in the implementation of the SDGs to ensure that we leave no one behind.  A Human Rights Based Approach should therefore be applied when implementing the goals.

Fulfilling human rights is key to reach sustainable development. Ensuring equal integration and participation of women and girls in the Nordic societies has been absolutely crucial for the wealth and prosperity we experience today.

It is crucial that careful attention is paid to human rights in implementing and monitoring progress on the SGDs in the coming years. Both the UN human rights mechanisms and civil society have critical roles to play.
We would appreciate the panellists’ view on the potential role of the UPR. Also, we would appreciate their view of the UN human rights Treaty Bodies and special procedures in the monitoring of the SDGs.

In conclusion, Denmark is hosting the Women Deliver Conference in May this year. It will focus on how to make the SDGs matter most for girls and women.  I hope to see all of you there.

Thank you.