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HRC32: Nordic statement to High Level Panel on 10th Anniversary of the Human Rights Council.

HRC32: Nordic statement to High Level Panel on 10th Anniversary of the Human Rights Council.

13.06.2016 

32nd session of the Human Rights Council
High-Level Panel on the 10th Anniversary of the Human Rights Council

Geneva, 13th June 2016

Mr. President,

I have the honor of delivering this statement on behalf of Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and my own country Iceland.

Ten years on, the Human Rights Council has established itself as the premier forum for the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all. The Council has made important progress in putting the human rights pillar back at the center of the United Nations system; reinforcing the links between human rights, peace and security and sustainable development.

Since the establishment of the Council, the international community has continued to develop tools to address violence, extremism, discrimination and neglect of human rights, to address serious human rights violation and abuses, and to contribute to capacity building and technical cooperation wherever possible.  These are important results that rightfully deserve to be acknowledged. 

Despite these significant achievements, however, much remains to be done to address the complex and severe human rights challenges facing our world. More needs to be done to translate the positive contributions of this Council into results on the ground.

The Nordic countries reaffirm our full support to a stronger and more effective Council in meeting these challenges and reiterate our strong support for the work, functioning and independence of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

We continue to highlight the indispensable role of civil society and human rights defenders; gender equality and the need to combat discrimination in all its forms, and to address serious violations of human rights wherever they occur.

Looking ahead towards the next 10 years, we echo the call of the UN Secretary General in urging the Human Rights Council to increase its impact on the ground. Not least in enhancing its preventative capacities.

We would like to pose the following questions to the panelists;

1) In what way can the Council, taking into account its existing mechanisms, enhance the effective implementation of its decisions and thus increase its impact on the ground?

2) How can the preventive capacity of the Council be strengthened?
Thank you, Mr. President.