Resolution on strengthening the human rights treaty body system
H.E. Ambassador Gréta Gunnarsdóttir
17 September 2012
Thank you Mr. President for giving me the floor,
I am making this statement on behalf of the co-facilitators of the intergovernmental process, Iceland and Indonesia.
Allow me at the outset to reiterate our appreciation for the trust and honor that you have conferred on us and our countries to facilitate such an important process related to the human rights treaty body system.
As laid out in General Assembly resolution 66/254, we have sought through the mandate that you have given us, to “conduct open, transparent and inclusive negotiations on how to strengthen and enhance the effective functioning of the human rights treaty body system”.
We have therefore sought to provide a common platform for Member States to discuss and deliberate on this very complex but important issue. This included a series of thematic discussions on issues related to the reporting process, methods of work, capacity to implement and resources, as well as on the previous reports delivered by the United Nations Secretary General and the recent report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the outcome of her multi-stakeholder process.
In addition, during the intergovernmental process we have heard interventions, and received written inputs, from non-state actors representing the treaty body system, national human rights institutions and the civil society. We believe that these interventions and contributions supported the intergovernmental process by providing additional information and perspectives that enriched the discussions. We wish to thank them for sharing their expertise on this matter.
We would further like to emphasize that in the view of the co-facilitators the overall approach of Member States during the process was positive and constructive. Our observation is that throughout the negotiations, delegations exhibited a strong sense of commitment as well as a spirit of cooperation and compromise, which we believe sets a positive tone for future engagement in this process.
Finally, Mr. President, allow me therefore to express the heartfelt appreciation of the co-facilitators for the contribution of Member States to the intergovernmental process. As the resolution we just adopted states, strengthening and enhancing the effective functioning of the human rights treaty body system is a common goal of us all. This positive atmosphere should allow the process to advance in a constructive way, with the shared objective of strengthening the treaty body system as a whole.
Thank you Mr. President.