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HRC30: Statement by the Danish Delegation: Interactive dialogue (clustered) with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Mr. President,

The report of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples brings to our attention a very important topic. The shocking statistics in the report speak for themselves.

We share the view that the situation of indigenous women and girls continues to need both attention and action. We find the analysis by the Special Rapporteur helpful in that regard.

It is our hope that the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action this year will serve as an opportunity to intensify our efforts to achieve gender equality. Also the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a real opportunity to realize the human rights of all women and girls and push forward gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

Moreover, we support the resolution introduced by Mexico and Guatemala proposing a panel discussion regarding violence against indigenous women and girls, in line with the outcome document of the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.

Mr. President,

A number of the recommendations identified by the Special Rapporteur are directed to UN entities. Could the Special Rapporteur elaborate on how she envisages to follow-up on these recommendations in cooperation with the relevant entities, notably with UN WOMEN?
Mr. President,

Denmark and Greenland would also like to thank the Expert Mechanism for its recent reports to the Human Rights Council.

Despite the lack of detailed responses to the questionnaire survey regarding the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, we would like to ask the distinguished member of the Expert Mechanism if he/she could elaborate on the main barriers faced by States in general when implementing the Declaration and provide suggestions on how to overcome these?

I thank you.