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Joint Statement delivered by H.E. Amb. MA Zhaoxu on behalf of 140 countries on "Promote and Protect Human Rights, Build a Community of Shared Future for Mankind" at the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council
2017/03/02

Mr. President:

I have the honor to deliver the statement on behalf of a cross-regional group of countries including Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Russian Federation, South Sudan and China.

At present, the trend towards multi-polarity and economic globalization is gathering pace. Countries are increasingly interconnected and interdependent, and share a common destiny. At the same time, global challenges pose threats to the safety and well-being of people of all countries. To safeguard world peace, realize common development, promote and protect human rights, all countries should build a community of shared future for human beings, with a view to realizing a world of lasting peace, security for all, and common prosperity, as well as an open, inclusive, clean and beautiful world.

First, we must respect the principle of sovereign equality. All countries, big or small, strong or weak, rich or poor, are equal members of the international community. Based on the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries must be respected. Each state is entitled to independently choose its path for development and social system. The efforts and achievements of each state in promoting and protecting human rights should be respected.

Second, we should pursue dialogue and consultations. Countries should foster partnership characterized by mutual respect, promote and protect human rights through dialogue and cooperation. Politicization of the human rights agenda should be avoided. Multilateral human rights institutions are important platforms for human rights dialogue and exchanges among all countries.

Third, we should pursue win-win cooperation. All countries should work together like passengers in the same boat. We should be committed to multilateralism, and refrain from unilateralism, address global challenges through strengthened international cooperation, in order to bring about win-win outcomes for all. All countries should enhance human rights capacity building through concrete and effective cooperation. All aspects of human rights shall be treated on an equal basis.

Fourth, we should pursue exchanges and mutual learning. There is no such thing as a superior or inferior civilization. Different civilizations should respect each other, draw on each other to achieve common progress. While bearing in mind the significance of national and regional particularities, the universality of human rights should be respected. Diversity of civilizations should not be a source of global conflict; rather, it should be an engine driving the advance of human civilizations.

Fifth, we should pursue sustainable development. All countries should effectively implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which provides a solid foundation for the promotion and protection of all human rights.

It is our hope that all countries will join hands to build a community of shared future for human beings, promote and protect human rights, and work together for the realization of peace, development and win-win cooperation for all.

Thank you, Mr. President.

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