Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
President Choi Kyong Lim
Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is my honor to speak on behalf of the Asia-Pacific Group to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Adoption of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, as called for by United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/70/144 under agenda item 72 (a), entitled “Promotion and Protection of Human Rights”. Both the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights are significant in the present day, as it was in its adoption in 1966.
The basis of these Covenants are to recognize the human rights to every human being. It is the obligation of each state to promote and preserve those rights. Since its inception 50 years ago, both Covenants distinctly remain to hold ideals and goals that we continually desire to achieve.
Given the status of ongoing conflicts globally, moreover, with a staggering 65.3 million refugees and internally displaced persons, the world is faced with the most challenging of struggles today. Never has the desire for peace and security been so evident.
All states are encouraged to implement the goals that both of these covenants embody, and continue to aspire to a world free of fear and violence.
The 50th Anniversary serves as a reminder on the obligation to protect and defend each individual’s basic human rights, and commit to take administrative and legislative processes in order to preserve these rights as stated in the treaty. Thus reinforcing the aspirations of each and every human being to live with dignity, peace and security, as we all rightfully deserve.
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