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"Build a Community of Shared Future for Human Beings" Written into United Nations Human Rights Council Resolutions for the First Time
2017/03/24

On 23 March, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted at its 34th session two resolutions on “Question of the realization in all countries of economic, social and cultural rights” and the “Right to food”, which clearly called for efforts “to build a community of shared future for human beings”. This is the first time that the concept of “community of shared future for human beings” is incorporated into the Human Rights Council resolutions, officially making it an important part of the international human rights discourse.

Last January, President Xi Jinping delivered a historic speech Work Together to Build a Community of Shared Future for Mankind at Palais des Nations in Geneva, in which he elaborated on the concept of “a community of shared future for human beings”. The speech was widely welcomed and highly praised. On 1 March, at the 34th session of the Human Rights Council, China, on behalf of 140 countries, delivered a joint statement entitled “Promote and Protect Human Rights, Build a Community of Shared Future for Human Beings”, which explained the concept of “a community of shared future for human beings” and its significance for promoting the international human rights cause. The statement resonated widely with the audience. The ideas of sovereign equality, dialogue and consultation, win-win cooperation, exchanges and mutual learning, and clean development included in the concept were well received and supported.

The concept of “community of shared future for human beings” is adopted by the Human Rights Council resolutions as a result of the consensus of the international community. It also demonstrates China's growing influence and ability to set the agenda in international human rights governance. China will actively participate in and advance global human rights governance and promote the sustained and sound development of the international human rights cause, with the goal of building a “community of shared future for human beings”.

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