Delivered on 04 July 2018
Delivered by H.E Hala Hameed, Ambassador|Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva
Thank you Mr. President,
The Human Rights Council is the primary mechanism by which global norms and standards on the promotion and protection of human rights come into fruition. It is the primary organ that builds consensus on protecting vulnerable populations and safeguarding the rights of the world’s citizens. We cannot overlook that the Human Rights Council is the primary vehicle by which we collectively improve present and future prospects for humanity.
The effectiveness of this institution depends on the meaningful engagement of all Member States of the United Nations in the work of this Council. The drive towards universal representation at the Council is based on the notion that the Council is representative of the entire UN Membership, and on the notion that there is value in the contributions of all States. As a Small Island Developing State, my delegation notes that while we have taken steps to ensure the presence of delegations through initiatives like the LDC/SIDS Trust Fund, we must recognise that there remains structural hindrances to the effective and full participation of all States in the work of the Council.
Effective participation is only truly possible when transparency is increased and State consultations are coherent and in alignment, both at the formal and especially the informal levels. While there are pressing human rights and development issues that require swift attention, this Council must not prioritise expediency over inclusivity. This Council must accommodate the voices of all delegations, big or small, in order to arrive at decisions that better reflect the plurality of this institution, and indeed the emerging credo of the 21stcentury – that no one should be left behind.
The Human Rights Council knows that the collaboration between national human rights institutions, UN agencies – including the OHCHR, and various capacity building initiatives is what most effectively results in human rights mechanisms’ recommendations being mainstreamed into national action plans. Always in a constructive spirt, the Maldives reiterates its commitment to engaging with these mechanisms and being an active participant in the work of the Council, to promote and protect human rights without leaving anyone behind.
Thank you Mr. President.