Muscat : The GCC countries expressed their appreciation for the efforts of the High Commissioner for Human Rights regarding the content on the fundamental challenges facing the world, from climate change and conflicts, to governance and development.
This came in a statement delivered by His Excellency Ambassador Idris bin Abdul Rahman Al Khanjari, Permanent Representative of the Sultanate of Oman to the United Nations and international organizations in Geneva on behalf of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, within the framework of the interactive dialogue on statement of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the 54th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
His Excellency indicated that the GCC countries agree with the High Commissioner that human rights and development are closely interconnected, through the joint pursuit of achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, and the necessity of recognizing that achieving prosperity and justice depends on protecting human rights for all.
Al Khanjari stressed that the GCC countries express in particular their concern about the effects of climate change and the worrying water scarcity that were discussed, and stress the importance of adopting the necessary policies and procedures at the governance and institutional levels to ensure sustainable management of resources.
The Permanent Representative of the Sultanate of Oman to the United Nations added that the GCC countries are aware of the problem of global food security, which is exacerbated by geopolitical turmoil, and renew their call for the necessity of coordinated international cooperation in this field. They also express their concern about the humanitarian situation of refugees and migrants in some European countries.
His Excellency stated that the GCC countries agree with the High Commissioner that “leaving no one behind” is not just an empty slogan, but rather a collective commitment towards human rights. The GCC countries affirm their commitment to joint and multilateral work to develop policies that promote development while preserving human dignity.
Al Khanjari stressed that the GCC countries look forward to constructive interaction in the upcoming summits and events to embody our common goals in human rights and development.