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Ambassador Ma Zhaoxu Delivered a Joint Statement Entitled "Realizing Development for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights" on Behalf of Nearly 140 Countries During the 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council
2016/09/17

On September 16, 2016, during the 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council, Ambassador Ma Zhaoxu, Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Other International Organizations in Switzerland delivered a joint statement entitled "Realizing Development for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights" on behalf of nearly 140 countries, emphasizing that development is vital for the promotion and protection of human rights.

Amb. Ma said, countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America have committed themselves in protecting and promoting human rights by achieving their own development, with remarkable achievements. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development fully embodies the significant contributing role of sustainable development to human rights.

To create an equitable, comprehensive and sustainable environment for human rights progress, Amb. Ma called on the international community to: Uphold the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, and work for the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which provides a solid foundation for the protection and promotion of human rights; Adhere to people-centered development approach, promote and protect all human rights including the right to development; Ensure the realization of all categories of human rights in a balanced manner, and promote social justice; Respect diversity in development models, ensuring sufficient policy space for the protection and promotion of human rights; Pursue dialogue and cooperation, and support developing countries to strengthen capacity building; Uphold the spirit of equality and mutual trust, inclusiveness and mutual learning, and win-win cooperation, and promote the universal realization of development and human rights of people in all countries; And remain committed to the promotion and protection of human rights in the process of development.

Amb. Ma said, we believe that the concept of “realizing development for the promotion and protection of human rights” reflects the reality and aspiration of developing countries, and will advance international human rights cause.

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