I have the honour to make the statement on behalf of Like-Minded Group of Countries. The complete list would be uploaded on the extranet.
Technical cooperation and capacity building is the most effective and constructive, non-politicized, impartial and objective tool at the disposal of Human Rights Council to prevent human rights abuses and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms across the world. In this context:
- In accordance with UNGA resolution 60/251, technical cooperation and capacity building at the request of and with the consent of states can play a pivotal role in the enhancement of international cooperation in the field of human rights.
- Technical cooperation is a tool for promoting dialogue and engagement with the state concerned with the view to avoid confrontation.
- Technical cooperation and capacity building tailored to states’ peculiar socioeconomic and cultural specificities and national priorities can have a transformative impact.
- Technical cooperation strengthens state’s capacity to prevent human rights violations and abuses but it should not be viewed as a mechanism with which indirect interference in the internal affairs is made possible in the name of prevention.
- The focus should be on strengthening national mechanisms and institutions for the protection, promotion and full realization of all human rights – rather than on a strict insistence to take actions that may be clearly beyond the capacity of a state to take.
- Every state, be it developed, developing or least developed, has its human rights challenges. Regardless of varying degrees of development of states, all member states should be encouraged to seek technical cooperation and capacity building. We urge OHCHR to provide technical cooperation and capacity building services to all states without any distinction.
- States should be encouraged to contribute to the UN Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation and the Voluntary Technical Assistance Trust Fund to Support Participation of LDCS and SIDS in the work of the Council.
The world today shares the vision of “leaving no one behind” in the form of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Therefore it is important to facilitate all member states to achieve targets which they have pledged to fulfill and which are underpinned by human rights. Technical cooperation and capacity building can contribute to the fulfilment of the pledge made by us all.
I thank you.
List of Cosponsors
- Saudi Arabia.