Muscat – Oman has appreciated efforts of Volker Turk, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, for his stand on the fundamental challenges facing the world, from climate change and conflicts to governance and development.
This came in a statement by H E Idris bin Abdul Rahman al Khanjari, Permanent Representative of Oman to the United Nations and international organisations in Geneva, delivered on behalf of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries within the framework of an interactive dialogue following a statement of the High Commissioner at the 54th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
H E Khanjari stated the GCC countries agree with the High Commissioner that human rights and development are closely interconnected, through the joint pursuit of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the need of recognising the fact that achieving prosperity and justice depends on protecting human rights for all.
H E Khanjari informed that the GCC countries are particularly concerned about the effects of climate change and water scarcity, and stress the importance of adopting necessary policies and procedures at institutional and governance levels to ensure sustainable management of resources.
He added that the GCC countries are well aware of the problem of global food security, which is exacerbated by geopolitical turmoil, and renew their call for the need of coordinated international cooperation in this field. “We also express our concern about the humanitarian situation of refugees and migrants in some European countries.”
The GCC countries agree with the High Commissioner that “leaving no one behind” is not an empty slogan, he added, but rather a collective commitment to human rights. “The GCC countries affirm their commitment to joint and multilateral work to develop policies that promote development while preserving human dignity,” said H E Khanjari.
He noted that the GCC countries look forward to constructive interaction in upcoming summits and events “to achieve our common goals in human rights and development”.
Speaking at the opening of the session, Turk highlighted the human rights violations caused by climate change, saying that it pushes millions of people into famine and causes destruction of homes and lives.
He also informed about a proposal for inclusion of international crime of ecocide in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court by a number of states and civil society groups.