Opening Remarks by Ambassador Chen Xu at the Intersessional Seminar on the Contribution of Development to the Enjoyment of All Human Rights
28 May 2021
Madame High Commissioner,
Colleagues and delegates,
I would like to start by extending, on behalf of the Chinese Government, congratulations on the convening of the intersessional seminar on the Contribution of Development to the Enjoyment of All Human Rights, and my thanks to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for its efforts in preparing this seminar.
As the eternal theme of human society, development is the basis for and key to resolving all problems, and creates conditions for the realization of all human rights. Only with greater development can human rights be better promoted and protected. Currently, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread around the world, making a severe impact on the economy, society and people’s livelihood in all countries. The development gains that have been achieved risk being reversed. In face of the serious challenges, we need to, more than ever before, strengthen solidarity and cooperation, and work together to defeat the pandemic and restore economic and social development in all countries.
We should protect the right to life and right to health, and in particular, do away from “vaccine nationalism” to ensure timely and equitable access to vaccines for developing countries. We should step up efforts to alleviate poverty, improve the quality of life and guarantee various human rights of the people, including the right to food, right to education, right to adequate housing and right to decent work. We should promote social equity and justice and upgrade social security, so that the fruits of development benefit in a fair manner various groups and communities, and the rights of vulnerable groups, including women, children, the disabled and the elderly can be protected. Redoubled efforts should be made to combat racism, racial discrimination and hate speech. We need to strengthen international development cooperation and close development gap. The international community should provide necessary support to developing countries to safeguard their legitimate development rights and interests. We should also protect the environment, tackle with climate change, protect the shared home of all human beings and bring about harmony between human beings and nature.
China is committed to promoting international cooperation, common development and the universal enjoyment of human rights. This is why we initiated the resolution at the Human Rights Council on “the Contribution of Development to the Enjoyment of All Human Rights”. I expect that all of you will have a full exchange of views on the role of development in promoting the enjoyment of human rights, further identify opportunities and challenges, share good practices and experiences, and work together to contribute to the realization of sustainable development and the promotion and protection of human rights on a global scale. I wish this intersessional seminar a great success.