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HRC45: Denmark and 12 other countries reiterate that human rights and the 2030 Agenda are interrelated and mutually reinforcing

Briefing by ECOSOC President, His Excellency Munir Akram
22 September 2020

STATEMENT BY DENMARK ON BEHALF OF 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)

Madame President,

I am pleased to make this statement on behalf of Azerbaijan, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Fiji, Luxembourg, Portugal, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Thailand, Uruguay and my own country, Denmark, all members of the core group for the resolution on human rights and the 2030 Agenda.

We thank the ECOSOC President, Amb. Akram, for his briefing earlier today. 
One of the tasks of ECOSOC is to encourage universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. At the same time, the international human rights mechanisms can make essential contributions to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in accordance with States’ human rights obligations. 

Clearly, the promotion and protection of human rights and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda are interrelated and mutually reinforcing, as was reaffirmed at the second meeting of the Human Rights Council on human rights and the 2030 Agenda.

And as the UN Secretary General’s stated in his Call to Action for Human Rights earlier this year: “In their universality and indivisibility, as well as their strong emphasis on equality and inclusion, the SDGs echo the spirit as well as the letter of our human rights commitments.”

That calls for strong collaboration between ECOSOC and the Human Rights Council, and for ensuring that the work of ECOSOC, and the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, is grounded in human rights.

With this Council’s consensual adoption of the resolution on promotion and protection of human rights and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda earlier this year, the Human Rights Council will continue to discuss best practices, challenges and lessons learned and make reports of those discussion available to the High Level Political Forum. Thank you.