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STATEMENT Wednesday 17 October 2018 OHCHR

Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with Respect to Human Rights. Legal Liability – Item 5

The Delegation of the Holy See would like to recall that our efforts during this first session should be devoted “not only to create ‘ethical’ sectors or segments of the economy or the world of finance, but to ensure that the whole economy — the whole of finance — is ethical, not merely by virtue of an external label, but by its respect for requirements intrinsic to its very nature”.

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STATEMENT Monday 15 October 2018 OHCHR

Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with Respect to Human Rights. Item 4-General Statement

The Delegation of the Holy See is aware that the challenges of business and human rights demand a negotiation with a constructive and positive approach. Our ultimate goal is the achievement of a balanced and effective instrument, which could represent an effective tool for all the parties involved.

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STATEMENT Wednesday 3 October 2018 UNHCR

69th Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The Holy See Delegation wishes to recall that it is incumbent upon all of us to address the root causes of forced displacement. This requires courage and political will, bringing to an end conflicts which breed hatred and violence, and striving for peace, reconciliation and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. Forced displacement is not just a matter of “bad luck”; more often than not, it is the result of political decisions. Ultimately, the most comprehensive and sound way to achieve durable solutions, and to realize the dream of every refugee, is to ensure the rights of all to live in their countries of origin, and to thrive in dignity, peace, and security.

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STATEMENT Monday 24 September 2018 DISARMAMENT

Santa Sede: no ad armi autonome letali. Vita non può essere affidata ad algoritmi

Cresce la preoccupazione nel mondo per lo sviluppo e l’impiego di armi autonome letali, ma segna il passo il negoziato internazionale avviato tra i Paesi firmatari della Convenzione Onu sulle armi convenzionali (Ccw). Intervista con mons. Ivan Jurkovič, osservatore permanente della Santa Sede presso le Nazioni Unite ed altre organizzazioni internazionali a Ginevra.

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STATEMENT Monday 24 September 2018 WIPO

58th Series of Meetings of the WIPO Assemblies

The effort to develop “intelligent machines” must be continuously directed to the greater good, reducing the poverty gap and facing general needs for health, education, happiness and sustainability. Unless it is carefully directed to the public good, AI may soon become a source of concern both for the economy and for the very stability of society. As Pope Francis remarked: “artificial intelligence, robotics and other technological innovations must be so employed that they contribute to the service of humanity and to the protection of our common home, rather than to the contrary, as some assessments unfortunately foresee”.

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STATEMENT Friday 14 September 2018 HRC

39th Session of the Human Rights Council Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights ITEM 3 – General Debate

Young people, nowadays more than ever, “dream of safety, stability, fulfilment” and they wish to affirm the inherent dignity of work, to participate actively in shaping their future, and that of society as a whole. However, the world economy, although growing, is not able to create enough quality jobs for young people. This phenomenon occurs as much in emerging as in developed countries. Young women are the most vulnerable, often becoming victims of different forms of exploitation, unjust working conditions and inadequate levels of remuneration.

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STATEMENT Wednesday 12 September 2018 HRC

39th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Development

“Integral human development and the full exercise of human dignity cannot be imposed.” Disadvantaged and marginalized individuals and groups must be enabled to participate in decision-making mechanisms as dignified agents of their own destiny. This participatory approach will be successful only if it respects the principle of subsidiarity. States and multilateral agencies must reach out to all segments of society, in a “right relationship with all those areas in which human social life develops – friends, communities, towns and cities, schools, business and unions, provinces and nations”.

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STATEMENT Monday 10 September 2018 HRC

Interactive Dialogue on Water and Sanitation – Item 3 39th Session of the Human Rights Council

The phenomena of global interconnection and interdependency highlight how no individual State can cope with all present and future challenges we have to face, from migration to climate change. In this regard, it must be stressed that water is a precious resource to which every human being has a basic and inalienable right, as well as a responsibility not to waste.The phenomena of global interconnection and interdependency highlight how no individual State can cope with all present and future challenges we have to face, from migration to climate change. In this regard, it must be stressed that water is a precious resource to which every human being has a basic and inalienable right, as well as a responsibility not to waste. Thus, it is wise for there to be an integration of migration issues in the consideration of any water governance framework and, reciprocally, a consideration of water management issues within any migration governance framework.

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STATEMENT Monday 27 August 2018 DISARMAMENT

2018 Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS)

Only through a strong ethical/legal perspective, which takes full consideration of IHL rules and principles, can we proceed to analyze the potential functions and technological aspects in order to clarify which kind of systems are not allowed. This approach to the issue of characterization through an indirect search for the definition of the systems under consideration could allow us to identify, including a priori, the systems that we cannot accept because of their functions, based on an ethical and legal common framework. Ultimately, respecting this legal/ethical starting point is also a way to ensure the respect for the political authority and its human content and meaning.

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STATEMENT Wednesday 4 July 2018 UNHCR

Sixth Formal Consultation towards a Global Compact on Refugees Program of Action – Part III.B “Areas in need of support”

The Holy See Delegation insists once again on the importance of keeping a holistic and integrated approach, with a focus on the centrality of the human person, truly capable of improving lives of millions of refugees and host communities alike. In this regard, we appreciate the emphasis on education, health, and the promotion of decent work.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 3 July 2018 UNHCR

Part I “Introduction” and Part II “Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework”

The Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) is not intended to serve as a legally binding instrument, it contains action-oriented commitments and arrangements that can be considered as morally binding on the international community as a whole. The Delegation of the Holy See wishes to stress once again the importance for the GCR to be firmly centered on the human person, urging that the dignity of each and every human person and his/her fundamental human rights should guide and underpin all aspects of the Program of Action.

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STATEMENT Thursday 28 June 2018 IOM

Agenda Item 17 – Exchange of views on “Gender mainstreaming at IOM: Concrete achievements and identified gaps”

The Holy See is convinced that equality of men and women, and therefore the equality of their fundamental human rights, is rooted in the inviolable dignity of the human person. This essential principle of equality also stands as the foundation for properly understanding the beauty of complementarity and the reciprocal interdependence between men and women. A focus on “gender equality”, that is, the equality of the two sexes, men and women, should not inhibit, in any way, the understanding and recognition of their uniqueness and mutual enrichment.

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STATEMENT Friday 22 June 2018 HRC

38th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Clustered ID with WG on transnational corporations and human rights

The Holy See Delegation has continuously recalled the necessity of an appropriate regulation of the activities of Transnational Corporations, guided by an ethical approach that can ensure a decent standard of living realized through respect of human dignity, rather than a mere economic interest. Businesses make a contribution to the community by fostering the special dignity of human work. Employment, just like business, is a noble and essential vocation, it is “part of the meaning of life on this earth, a path to growth, human development and personal fulfilment”.

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STATEMENT Thursday 21 June 2018 HRC

38th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking

Trafficking in persons constitutes the largest manifestation of modern slavery and “a shocking offence against human dignity and a grave violation of fundamental human rights”. In our globalised and interconnected world, with more than 900 million people on the move, this transnational crime has developed as a lucrative business, taking advantage of conflict, misery, corruption, lack of education and the struggle for a better future. Albeit the number of trafficked men is rising, women and children represent the biggest part of victims, often sold by their relatives and forced into marriage, sex or labour.

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STATEMENT Wednesday 20 June 2018 HRC

338th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – ID with the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants

The Holy See Delegation shares some of the concerns outlined by the Special Rapporteur in his Report, in particular regarding children on the move and detention, which can never be in their best interest. Offering asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and victims of trafficking in persons an opportunity to find peace requires a strategy combining four actions: welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating.

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STATEMENT Wednesday 20 June 2018 HRC

38th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women

The Delegation of the Holy See takes note of the report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, an issue that continues to be one of the greatest human rights concerns of our time. Despite the progress achieved, violence against women and girls, in its different forms and various contexts, remains a grave scourge at every level of society.

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STATEMENT Wednesday 20 June 2018 UNHCR

72nd Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Program

The Holy See greatly appreciates the High Commissioner’s determination and diligence in protecting the criteria for determining refugee status in accord with the 1951 Geneva Convention and the related 1967 Protocol. The urgency of this matter was repeatedly mentioned during the consultations related to the proposed Global Compact for Refugees. The Holy See has full confidence that the High Commissioner and his staff can and should respect the dignity, human rights, and diverse needs of each and every refugee boy, girl, woman and man, without introducing new and confusing categories of “diversities”.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 19 June 2018 HRC

38th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education

The Holy See wishes to reaffirm that every human being has an inalienable right to an education, which aims at the formation of the human person in the pursuit of his/her ultimate end and of the good of the societies of which he or she is a member, and in whose obligations, as an adult, he or she will share.

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STATEMENT Thursday 14 June 2018 HRC

Panel 1: “Means to build peace within and between societies. Equality and non-discrimination, justice and the rule of law and freedom of fear and want (Article 2 of the Declaration on the Right to Peace)”

Since “everyone has the right to enjoy peace” all States must strive to fulfil their solemn duty and responsibility to find paths to a sustainable peace, which is the fruit of justice, engaging in “dynamic, participatory process[es] where dialogue is encouraged and conflicts are solved in a spirit of mutual understanding and cooperation…”.

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STATEMENT Wednesday 13 June 2018 UNHCR

Fifth Formal Consultation towards a Global Compact on Refugees Program of Action – Part III.B “Areas in need of support

The Holy See welcomes and supports the emphasis of the Draft on education, health, and the promotion of decent work. In line with the overarching objective of “leaving no-one behind”, it is important that refugees are not put on “hold” or “standby” but, rather, that they be offered hope and positive expectations through access to opportunities leading toward their integral development.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 12 June 2018 UNHCR

Fifth Formal Consultation towards a Global Compact on Refugees Program of Action – Part III.A “Mechanisms for burden- and responsibility-sharing

Changing refugee situations require flexible and tailored approaches to offer a future to people who have been forced to flee as well as to support the States and communities that generously host them.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 12 June 2018 UNHCR

Fifth Formal Consultation towards a Global Compact on Refugees Introduction – Part I

Changing refugee situations require flexible and tailored approaches to offer a future to people who have been forced to flee as well as to support the States and communities that generously host them. While the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) is not intended to serve as a legally binding instrument, it contains action-oriented commitments that can be considered as morally binding on the international community as a whole.

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STATEMENT Monday 11 June 2018 HRC

Protection and promotion of human rights of older persons Panel 2 “Role of the family in providing long-term care and support to older persons

In order to promote and protect the enjoyment of human rights by older persons and to foster their dignity and well-being, society must overcome what Pope Francis calls the “throw-away culture ”. A healthy and balanced society, will ensure and enable supportive environments for people in old age where they, in turn, become in the first-person agents of development for all.

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STATEMENT Wednesday 6 June 2018 UNCTAD

65th Session of the UNCTAD Trade and Development Board General Debate

The Holy See strongly emphasises the intrinsic connection that exists between economic reasoning and ethical reasoning. Unfortunately, this connection has broken down in many areas of the international financial system and financial sectors, again reinforcing tendencies towards the growing influence of large corporations and abusive business practices.

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STATEMENT Monday 4 June 2018 ILO

107th Session of the International Labour Conference

Growing global economic and power imbalances, increasing demographic, social and environmental challenges and persistent cyclical financial instability do not only demand continuous reflection and debate by policy makers and leaders at all levels, but also their sustained and continuous commitment. The ILO, with its unique tripartite structure, its competence and longstanding experience, remains one of the most significant actors to address the challenges of its social justice mandate in the future.

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STATEMENT Friday 25 May 2018 WHO

71st World Health Assembly – Committee A: Agenda Item 12.3: Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030): Early Childhood Development

The Holy See Delegation shares many of the concerns and observations considered in the report of the Director-General: including efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage; to improve specific data related to the health of women, children, and adolescents; to end violence against women and children; and to revise child health policies and programs to extend their range from infancy to 18 years of age. Moreover, the Holy See cannot accept the contradictory claim that promotion of so-called “safe abortion” is a means to “protect” the human rights of women and girls, when, in fact, abortion denies the unborn child his or her most basic right – to life itself.

STATEMENT Wednesday 23 May 2018 WHO

71st World Health Assembly

The efforts to advance health for all people must take account of the essential nexus between environment and health, which involves also the management of environmental determinants of health. The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change.

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STATEMENT Friday 18 May 2018 HRC

Twenty-Eighth Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

The Holy See, therefore, once again “calls for the courage to say ‘yes’ to encounter and ‘no’ to conflict: ‘yes’ to dialogue and ‘no’ to violence; ‘yes’ to negotiations and ‘no’ to hostilities; ‘yes’ to respect for agreements and ‘no’ to acts of provocation; ‘yes’ to sincerity and ‘no’ to duplicity. All of this takes courage, it takes strength and tenacity”.

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STATEMENT Wednesday 9 May 2018 UNHCR

Fourth Formal Consultation towards a Global Compact on Refugees Statement 3 – Programme of Action: Areas in need of support

The Holy See agrees with the critical importance of adopting policies that allow refugee children to access quality education from the early stages of their displacement, in order to help protect them from human trafficking, forced labor and other forms of slavery. Schools are a form of protection where the safety of children can be monitored and fostered.

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STATEMENT Wednesday 9 May 2018 UNHCR

Fourth Formal Consultation towards a Global Compact on Refugees Statement 2 – Programme of Action: Areas in need of support

Access to education and healthcare inspires hope among refugees and greatly contributes to restoring their dignity. Notwithstanding its non-binding legal nature, the Global Compact on Refugees will have a strong morally binding character. The Delegation of the Holy See considers it important to assure that this document aims at truly improving the lives of millions of refugees who continually seek international protection and at assisting those local communities that generously host them.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 8 May 2018 UNHCR

Fourth Formal Consultation towards a Global Compact on Refugees Statement 1 – Programme of Action: Mechanisms for burden- and responsibility-sharing

The Holy See Delegation wishes to reiterate the importance of keeping an all-inclusive and integrated approach throughout the whole Draft, with a focus on the centrality of the human person. A holistic approach remains, indeed, the best way to detect and overcome harmful stereotypes, to avoid stigmatizing anyone in respect to a few specific aspects, and to take into account all dimensions and fundamental aspects of the person.

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STATEMENT Monday 30 April 2018 DISARMAMENT

Second Preparatory Committee of the 2020 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

Non-proliferation and disarmament are not only ethical responsibilities but moral and legal obligations toward all members of the human family. As we move towards the 2020 Review Conference, the Delegation of the Holy See hopes that these positive developments will contribute to a general “awakening of consciences”, inspiring additional effects that solidify the international efforts towards integral nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, through universal and unconditional adherence to, and implementation of, the letter and spirit of the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the entry into force of the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty, as well as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

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STATEMENT Monday 23 April 2018 OHCHR

Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on the Right to Development

The Delegation of the Holy See views the current discussion on the Right to Development as a timely dialogue within the United Nations, having regard to the widening economic and social gap between the “haves” and “have-nots”. The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development represents an “important sign of hope” through which the international community committed itself to effective measures to eradicate the root causes of those dire problems that too many people in the world are still facing. The centrality of the person, in its individual dignity and collective solidarity, is the essential component to be preserved and mainstreamed in all of the economic and political decisions on every level. This twofold principle undergirds the right to development and certainly applies to every sector of life.

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STATEMENT Monday 23 April 2018 DISARMAMENT

Second Preparatory Committee of the 2020 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

Weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons, create a false sense of security. The tragic illusion of a “peace” based on fear is superficial at best. People aspire to true peace, which is the opposite of fear. This desire “is one of the deepest longings of the human heart. It is rooted in the Creator who makes all people members of the one human family.

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STATEMENT Wednesday 18 April 2018 UNCTAD

Second Session of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on E-commerce and the Digital Economy

The world economy is increasingly influenced by digital technologies. Despite the significant advantages of such advances, there remains the potential and severe risk of profound negative consequences with regard to industrial organization, skills development, production and trade. Appropriate regulatory frameworks are required. Information technology and the digital economy, including e-commerce, are new trends that will have an impact not only upon global trade but also on development. The digital economy is expanding in multiple ways.

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STATEMENT Friday 13 April 2018 OHCHR

Side Event on the occasion of the International Day of Mother Earth

The current world situation encourages us to consider that different yet equally important perspectives are ever more intertwined and complementary: the richness of faith and spiritual traditions, the significance of business and scientific developments, as well as the concrete efforts at various levels of both government and civil society, are all necessary for attaining an equitable and sustainable development.

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STATEMENT Wednesday 11 April 2018 UNHCR

Third Formal Consultation towards a Global Compact on Refugees Statement 3 – Solutions

The Global Compacts “need to be inspired by compassion, foresight and courage, so as to take advantage of every opportunity to advance the peace-building process. Only in this way can the realism required of international politics avoid surrendering to cynicism and to the globalization of indifference”.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 10 April 2018 UNHCR

Third Formal Consultation towards a Global Compact on Refugees Statement 2: Meeting needs and supporting communities

The right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health should be exercised through non-discriminatory, comprehensive laws, policies and practices firmly rooted in the centrality of the human person and founded on the right to life. ” It would be highly regrettable to impose some measures that would cause lengthy discussions on their content while ignoring the attention due to women’s dignity and the specific cultural and moral values of their country of origin.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 10 April 2018 UNHCR

Third Formal Consultation towards a Global Compact on Refugees Statement 1 - Reception and Admission

As done in the previous formal consultations, the Holy See Delegation has stressed the importance for the Global Compact on Refugees to be firmly centered on the human person, urging that the dignity of each and every human person and his/her fundamental human rights should guide and underpin all aspects of the Program of Action. The Holy See stated on the importance of keeping a holistic and integrated approach throughout the whole Draft text, with a focus on the centrality of the human person. A holistic approach remains, indeed, the best way to detect and overcome harmful stereotypes.

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STATEMENT Monday 9 April 2018 DISARMAMENT

Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS)

The Holy See recognizes the difficulties and resistance in foreseeing and fully understanding the implications of autonomous weapon systems. One thing is certainly clear: the development of LAWS will provide the capacity of altering irreversibly the nature of warfare, becoming even more inhumane, putting in question the humanity of our societies and, in any case, compelling all States to reassess their military capabilities.

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STATEMENT Wednesday 21 March 2018 WIPO

Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC)

The patenting of life forms could sometimes serve as a tool to support biotechnologies that are demanding, both from an ethical point of view and from the perspective of a “development-friendly” intellectual property system. Private monopolistic interests should not be allowed to impose themselves upon those biological resources, from which are derived the medical and basic food requirements of human life.

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STATEMENT Wednesday 21 March 2018 UNHCR

Second Formal Consultation towards a Global Compact on Refugees – Part III.A

In the current international situation, ways and means are not lacking to ensure that every man and every woman on earth can enjoy living conditions worthy of the human person. The Holy See trusts that the efforts […] will lead to results worthy of a world community growing ever more interdependent and grounded in the principles of solidarity and mutual assistance.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 20 March 2018 UNHCR

Second Formal Consultations towards a Global Compact on Refugees - Part I

The Delegation of the Holy See expects that the Global Compact on Refugees will make a difference in alleviating the stories of pain and in supporting the stories of hope among those caught in a desperate search for a more secure and dignified existence.

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STATEMENT Monday 5 March 2018 HRC

37th Session of the Human Rights Council Annual Full Day Meeting: Rights of the Child

Children require heightened attention, by all members of the human family who must share the responsibility to protect and help them to enjoy their God-given human dignity. In fact, as remembered by Pope Francis, “a people that does not take care of its elderly, its children and its youth have no future, because it abuses both memory and promise”.

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STATEMENT Friday 2 March 2018 HRC

37th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

The common good is the aim to which all States, and by extension the international community, aspire. It can be determined and achieved only through an inclusive process of dialogue and in seeking the true meaning of the fundamental rights and freedoms of every human person, whose intimate nature is to seek the truth and celebrate it in the religious experience.

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STATEMENT Wednesday 28 February 2018 HRC

the 37th Session of the Human Rights Council High-Level Panel: 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The UDHR represents a fundamental act through which peoples, states and international institutions affirm that the “recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” The Holy See believes it to be of the utmost importance that the international community and governments should focus their policies and activities on the protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms of every person and community.

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STATEMENT Wednesday 28 February 2018 HRC

37th Session of the Human Rights Council on Report of the Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of human rights

Human rights criteria for evaluating foreign debt can be an important tool for moving development from a narrow “economic” understanding to one based on integral human development. The Holy See again raises its concern with the so-called, “vulture funds” that take advantage of economies in distress.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 13 February 2018 UNHCR

First Formal Consultations towards a Global Compact on Refugees

The Zero Draft acknowledges the generous and admirable responses of those local families and communities that, in spite of their own hardships, have kept their borders and hearts open to welcome refugees. These societies ought to receive tangible and prompt support from the international community. In fact, without solidarity, it would be impossible to assure refugees “the widest possible exercise of their fundamental rights and freedoms” to which they are entitled.

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STATEMENT Friday 9 February 2018 *

“3rd Dialogue on Faith, Peacebuilding & Development: Advancing Peace through Interfaith Harmony”

The concern that it bears for each person and for the whole of humanity is the only interest that the Holy See defends in the framework of its diplomatic action and on the international scene. It has no commercial or military interests to defend or to pursue, but serves rather the interests of the person, of every person. This way it places itself at the service of the Common Good of the whole human family, reminding that our differences are not an obstacle to dialogue, but rather a vital source of encouragement in our common desire to know the Truth.

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STATEMENT Wednesday 24 January 2018 WHO

142nd Meeting of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization Agenda Item 4.5: Improving access to assistive technology

The Holy See Delegation recognizes the urgent need of more than a billion people who would benefit from one or more assistive products, as part of their medical treatment. It further highlights the limited access to such devices, especially for people living in low-income countries or even for poor people living in high- and middle-income countries. The report produced by the Secretariat underlines the need for more research and development in particular on basic, low-technology products that could be more readily accessible, affordable, and acceptable to all people.

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STATEMENT Monday 22 January 2018 WHO

142nd Meeting of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization - Agenda Item 4.3: Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030

The Holy See delegation shares many of the concerns and observations considered in the report of the Director-General: including efforts to achieve Universal Health Coverage. The Holy See raises serious concerns, however, about the inclusion of an item on so-called “safe abortion” in the report and in the Global Strategy in general. The Holy See does not consider abortion or abortion services to be a dimension of reproductive health or reproductive health care.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 12 December 2017 WTO

11th session Ministerial Conference - Buenos Aires

The world is still facing, however, an unequal global distribution of resources and opportunities; today, we are better positioned to take concrete actions that can address inequality between and among countries and peoples. In 2015, world leaders agreed on how to situate better the international community to address some of the most pressing global challenges. Adhering to principles such as equity, inclusiveness, common but differentiated responsibility, special and differential treatment, less than full reciprocity and the right to development, is crucial to strengthening the role of developing countries in the global economy. Our action in a multilateral trade normative system should contribute toward the realization of common aspirations to achieve prosperity, dignity and a better planet for all.

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STATEMENT Thursday 30 November 2017 IOM

108th Session of the Council of the International Organization for Migration

While it is important to respect the legitimate interests of States, Pope Francis encourages that migration be regarded with confidence, as an opportunity to build peace and not as a threat, “within the limits allowed by a correct understanding of the common good”. He urges that all those fleeing from conflict, hunger, discrimination, persecution, extreme poverty, natural disasters and environmental degradation be received and protected. In this regard, Pope Francis appeals to the political community, civil society, and religious institutions to join forces in offering a shared response to the complexities of the modern migration phenomenon. This is summarized in a document that the Holy See has submitted as an official contribution to the processes leading to the two Global Compacts with four verbs: to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 28 November 2017 Sport Integrity Global Alliance

Special Session

As a matter of fact, since ancient times, sport has been seen as a way to help the human person to mature and develop, since it has the potential to moderate human instinct and the capacity to gather people together towards a common goal, promoting integration, solidarity, and peace. Furthermore, sports have universal appeal and the ability draw people from diverse cultures and backgrounds together in friendly competition. Thus, sport has the potential of helping overcome individualism and selfishness, leaving space for the logic of brotherhood and unity, the only elements capable of authentically promoting the common good, at all levels.

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STATEMENT Wednesday 22 November 2017 Disarmament

Meeting of High Contracting Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects (CCW)

As Pope Francis recently recalled: “Despite the praiseworthy attempt to lessen, through codification of humanitarian law, the negative consequences of hostilities on the civilian population, all too often we receive, from various theatres of war, evidence of atrocious crimes and grave offences against individuals and their dignity, perpetrated with utter disregard for the most elementary consideration of their humanity. The flexibility of the CCW and its “open-door” nature for further developments in IHL must take into account adequately the nature of “modern armed conflicts and the physical, moral and spiritual sufferings that accompany them”. This is the mandate of the CCW. Reinforcing and respecting the rules of IHL are its contribution to a culture of dialogue and peace. The CCW is efficacious to the degree that this mandate is truly fulfilled.

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STATEMENT Wednesday 15 November 2017 Global Compact on Refugees

5th Thematic Discussion towards a Global Compact on Refugees

As recent emergencies have demonstrated, there is a constant increase in the number of people fleeing their countries of origin because of conflicts, violence, persecution, political repression, human rights violation, climate change, natural disasters and extreme poverty. The source, intensity, and interplay of these factors vary from place to place, but there is a tragic common denominator: millions of people forced to leave their homes, their livelihoods, their families and their countries, often risking their lives in search for safety, peace and a life of dignity.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 14 November 2017 Global Compact on Refugees

4th Thematic Discussion towards a Global Compact on Refugees

The securing of borders and the wellbeing of refugees and asylum seekers should not be considered mutually exclusive priorities but rather mutually reinforcing and, indeed, beneficial. Defending the inalienable rights of refugees, “ensuring their fundamental freedoms and respecting their dignity are duties from which no one can be exempted. Protecting these brothers and sisters is a moral imperative which translates into adopting juridical instruments, both international and national, that must be clear and relevant.

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STATEMENT Monday 13 November 2017 Disarmament

Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS)

A stark reality, particularly evident in weaponry, is that such rapid advances have often outpaced thoughtful developments in human responsibility, values, conscience and international humanitarian law. The historical experience of regulations or prohibitions of certain weapons best illustrates this reality. Tragically, the international legal frameworks came too late and only after grave human tragedies had taken place.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 7 November 2017 Human Rights Council

Le rôle des religions dans le renforcement de la paix mondiale

His Excellency Mgr. Ivan Jurcovič holding his Statement within the International Seminary entitled: The Role of Religions in promoting world peace expressed the concern about the increase of violence across the globe due to political and economic interests. His Excellency stressed on the number of casualties in conflicts: 90% are civilians. Peace is not only absence of war but is a process in which human dignity is fully respected and the integral development of every person and people is pursued. In every part of the World different religions, different men and women of good will work to promote this concept of peace. The path to peace is made of concrete actions such as disarmament both nuclear and conventional, and through the solidarity and cooperation between rich and poor countries.

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STATEMENT Wednesday 25 October 2017 Human Rights

Statement at the Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with Respect to Human Rights

There is a need of international cross-border enforcement, including broader and strengthened laws, giving broad legal rights to bring actions that can hold companies that violate human rights accountable in their home countries. Soft law—the establishment of norms of the kind reflected in the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights—are critical; but they will not suffice..

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STATEMENT Thursday 19 October 2017 WTO TRIPs Council

Statement at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) Council

In an era of digitization and globalization, the needs of developing countries are even more critical. Access to knowledge goods, both to enrich human resources and facilitate economic growth, is an indispensable requirement for the international system. Developing countries have a role to play by actively implementing limitations and exceptions in a manner that best suits their domestic needs, especially the need to stimulate local creativity. In this sense, the efforts of developing countries to make greater use of flexibilities, limitations and exceptions to intellectual property to advance public policy objectives could represent a tremendous step forward

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STATEMENT Wednesday 18 October 2017 Global Compact on Refugees

Panel 2: “How can we support the inclusion of refugees in national systems and services?”

While it is important to share the responsibility and burden of refugee reception and resettlement and to rightly stress what States are doing for refugees, it is also fair to ask ourselves: what are refugees doing for the host communities?

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STATEMENT Tuesday 17 October 2017 Global Compact on Refugees

Panel 3: “How can we support receiving States to identify persons in need of international protection?”

When faced with large-scale situations it is important that receiving countries, especially developing ones, be given timely support to scale up or establish appropriate procedures to ensure that those with international protection needs are duly recognized. In this regard, the Delegation of the Holy See wishes to stress that international protection has to be seen as a dynamic and actionoriented function, rather than an abstract concept, aimed at safeguarding the dignity and safety of persons.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 17 October 2017 Global Compact on Refugees

Panel 2: “How can we support States to receive large numbers of refugees in a safe and dignified manner?”

The generous and admirable responses of those countries that, in spite of their own hardships, have kept their borders and hearts open to welcome refugees, ought to receive tangible and prompt support from the international community.

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STATEMENT Thursday 12 October 2017 Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

Statement at the 6th Thematic Session on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, Panel I: “Irregular Migration and Regular Pathways”

The enormous number of people on the move is a tangible sign of increasing inequalities, socio-economic imbalances and unregulated globalization. Beyond the political and legal aspects of irregular situations, we must not lose sight of the human face of migration. Indubitably, every State has the sovereign right and responsibility to regulate the movement of people and should do so with a clear system of migration laws. The approach to migration in all of its aspects, including irregular migration, should begin first and foremost from the perspective of the human person, and his or her fundamental rights as such

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STATEMENT Tuesday 3 October 2017 UNHCR

Statement at the 68th Session of the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The noble goals set by the 1951 Refugee Convention are progressively being eroded. Existing rights in refugee law are no longer honored because of security concerns and, as a consequence, the adoption of stricter acceptance policies impacts dangerously on the safety of refugees and inevitably leads to increased smuggling..

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STATEMENT Monday 2 October 2017 WIPO

Statement at the 57th Series of Meetings of the WIPO Assemblies

The main goal of the international community in developing a fair regime of intellectual property rights should aim toward the good of all and the pursuit of more equitable international relations, especially regarding poorer and more vulnerable people.

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STATEMENT Wednesday 27 September 2017 Human Rights Council

Statement at the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council, Enhanced interactive dialogue on the High Commissioner’s report on the human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Delegation of the Holy See remains seriously concerned by the deteriorating socio-economic and humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The situation is further aggravated by the economic and budgetary crisis severely affecting the population, because of the lack of food, of medicines and of the risk of the outbreak of epidemics. Especially vulnerable are women, children and those with disabilities.

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STATEMENT Monday 25 September 2017 Human Rights Council

Statement at the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council Panel discussion on impact of racial discrimination on Human Rights of Women and Girls

It is increasingly urgent, nowadays, to recognize and attribute full respect to every person, to their dignity, identity, history and tradition. The Holy See reaffirms its strong condemnation of all forms of racial discrimination against all persons, and in a particular way against women, whose active presence in society provides an irreplaceable value in political, economic and social life.

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STATEMENT Wednesday 20 September 2017 Human Rights Council

Statement at the the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council on “Indigenous Peoples”

The Holy See maintains that the problematic relation between some transnational companies and indigenous groups, especially in the area of extractive industries, needs to be addressed. It is essential that the voice of these peoples is heard and protected at the level of national and international debates.

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STATEMENT Thursday 14 September 2017 UNCTAD

Statement at the 64th General Debate UNCTAD Trade and Development Board

Achieving inclusive growth and development requires policies aimed at reducing inequality in income and assets; fostering social dialogue, particularly among workers and employers; promoting social justice and reducing vulnerabilities. Accordingly, it is also worth recognizing that economic activities function not only through the self-regulation of markets, but they should also be at the service of persons. Any development and growth strategy should aim at the promotion of the human person and the primacy of his/her work.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 12 September 2017 Human Rights Council

Statement at the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council on the Report of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences

Trafficking in persons for labour and sexual exploitation in the private economy generates an estimated US$ 150 billion in illegal profits per year. The irregular employment or migration status of some migrant workers make them particularly vulnerable to exploitation and creates barriers to them seeking legal redress.It is necessary to involve individual countries taking measures not only to prosecute traffickers and persecutors but also to take measures to protect victims.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 12 September 2017 UNCTAD

Statement at the 64th UNCTAD Trade and Development Board High-level dialogue: Is the world integrating or disintegrating?

Regional Trade Agreements and multilateralism must be centred on the integral development of all human beings. Economic policies must respect the dignity of every person and negotiations must promote the common good.UNCTAD can play a fundamental role in shaping a new spirit in global trade relations.

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STATEMENT Monday 11 September 2017 Human Rights Council

Statement at the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council, Item 3 – Special Rapporteur on Water and Sanitation

Water-related challenges need to engage all stakeholders: international, regional, national, local, public and private, and civil society. Management decisions that impact the distribution of water must also respond to the criterion of justice. The human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation must be promoted in such a way that existing inequalities are reduced to the greater wellbeing of the least advantaged.

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STATEMENT Monday 4 September 2017 Disarmament

Statement at the 7th Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions

Since the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) entered into force, through the combined contributions and synergies between different stakeholders, it has achieved important progress and made a real difference in the world.The Holy See remains firm and determined to contribute to the success of this humanitarian challenge. We appeal to all States outside the Convention to consider joining the global efforts and our common goal in building together a more humane, more secure and more cooperative world.

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STATEMENT Wednesday 19 July 2017 IOM

Statement at the International Dialogue on Migration Panel 4: “– Integration and social inclusion as a means of addressing and mitigating migrant vulnerabilities”

Integration of migrants in host countries is neither assimilation nor incorporation. It is a two-way process, rooted essentially in the joint recognition of the other’s cultural richness: it is not the superimposing of one culture over another, nor mutual isolation, with the insidious and dangerous risk of creating ghettos. In this two-way process, migrants “are duty bound not to close themselves off from the culture and traditions of the receiving country, respecting above all its laws”.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 18 July 2017 IOM

Statement at the IOM International Dialogue on Migration Panel 1: “Understanding migrant vulnerability: concepts, drivers, protection frameworks and gaps”

In addressing the vulnerabilities of migrants, the Holy See wishes to reiterate the importance of developing and implementing a holistic and integrated approach firmly centered on the human person and his/her dignity. Such an approach remains, indeed, the best way to detect and overcome harmful stereotypes, to avoid stigmatizing anyone in response to certain personal or social characteristics.

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STATEMENT Monday 10 July 2017 UNHCR

Statement at the Thematic discussion 1 Global Compact on Refugees “Past and current burden- and responsibility-sharing arrangements”

The Global Compact on Refugees should aim at delivering “agreements” built on the long-standing values and principles, already articulated by States and thus enshrined in international instruments related to mass movements of refugees. To this end, as Pope Francis has appealed, our shared response should “be articulated by four verbs: to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate”

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STATEMENT Tuesday 4 July 2017 WIPO

Statement at the 26th Standing Committee on Patents Item 5 – Patent and health

Access to affordable medicines no longer represents a challenge just for the Least Developed and other developing countries; it has also become an increasingly urgent issue for developed countries.The challenge of developing and implementing effective and equitable policy measures for innovation and access to meet public health needs is dynamic in nature, evolving with disease burden, progress in technology and diversification of innovation systems. Adaptive solutions will be needed to address changing and diversified needs.

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STATEMENT Friday 23 June 2017 ECOSOC

Statement at the ECOSOC Humanitarian Segment Explanation of Position on the resolution entitled “Strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations”

Although the Holy See acknowledges the particular risks that women and children face in humanitarian emergencies contexts and their specific and integral needs regarding access to basic healthcare, essential obstetric services, sanitary and food security, the Holy See cannot accept as an appropriate solution those services that provide and/or promote abortion.

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STATEMENT Wednesday 21 June 2017 Human Rights Council

Statement at the the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 10: Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

Given the dramatic and continuous deterioration of the humanitarian and human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Holy See expresses its deeply concern for the grave, widespread and apparently planned attacks against the civilian population, religious institutions and faith based organizations, particularly in the Kasai region.

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STATEMENT Monday 19 June 2017 Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration

Statement at the Third Thematic Session on the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration Panel 1: “International cooperation and governance of migration in all its aspects”

The scale of migration movements is such that only a systematic, comprehensive and active cooperation between States, civil society, international organizations and the private sector can be effective in adequately managing such movements. It is a moral imperative that we are all united in preventing smugglers and human traffickers from taking advantage of people in desperate and vulnerable situations.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 13 June 2017 Human Rights Council

Statement at the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – General Debate

the importance of spiritual care in helping persons living with, or affected by, mental health problems. Spiritual care should not be confused with, or mistaken by, so-called “faith healing” to the exclusion of medical, psychological, and social assistance. Spiritual care is an important component of “... integral care, that considers the person in his entirety, and that unites... the human body, with its psychological, social and spiritual dimension...”

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STATEMENT Monday 12 June 2017 International Labour Conference

Statement at the 106th Session of the International Labour Conference

TThe future of work that we would like to see will be the result of our common efforts to realize a common vision. In shaping this product we should not forget that work is instrumental for the integral development of the human being. Work fulfils three basic human needs in our societies: the wish to develop capabilities, the need to interact with others and the need to earn one’s sustenance.

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STATEMENT Friday 9 June 2017 Human Rights Council

Statement at the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council “Panel discussion on unaccompanied migrant children and adolescents and human rights”

Too often, migrant children easily end up at the lowest levels of human degradation, with their hope and future destroyed.The Holy See reiterates its strong appeal to protect the dignity and fundamental rights of every person and to implement, without reserve, humanitarian law, principles and policies in response to people on the move, especially unaccompanied children: they must be considered children first and foremost, and their best interest must be a primary consideration in all actions concerning them.

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STATEMENT Thursday 8 June 2017 Human Rights Council

Statement at the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 - Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

The fight against poverty calls us to deeper commitments and concrete acts of solidarity, aiming to design and implement projects truly focused on the common good, which emphasizes the cooperation and participation of all local, national, regional, and global stakeholders.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 6 June 2017 Human Rights Council

Statement at the 35th session of the Human Rights Council Item 3- Independent Expert on International Solidarity

For the wellbeing of our human family and the promotion and protection of the common good there is an urgent need to recognise the role of international solidarity as an essential element for the enjoyment of fundamental human rights by all. International solidarity implies the participation of individuals in decision-making processes and, in particular, the recognition of the principle of subsidiarity.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 23 May 2017 World Health Assembly

Statement at the 70th World Health Assembly

The current and emerging global health challenges call for better health systems that are capable of delivering effective and affordable interventions for prevention and treatment to all, especially those in greatest need, those in extreme poverty and the most disadvantaged in our societies, including migrants and refugees, who represent a vexing sign of our times.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 9 May 2017 Global Compact on Migration

Statement at the First Thematic Consultation on the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration Panel 3: “All forms of discrimination, including racism, xenophobia and intolerance”

The availability of clear, neutral, and disaggregated data and information on migrants, free from partisan and political interests, must be promoted at both the international and national levels. The “cherry-picking” of information which perpetuates sensationalism and negative stereotypes can hide the truth lying behind the decision to move, which, too often, is prompted by extreme poverty, famine, natural and man-made disasters, violence, and persecution

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STATEMENT Monday 8 May 2017 Global Compact on Migration

Statement at the First Thematic Consultation on the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration Panel 1: “Human Rights of all Migrants”

The only way we can be successful in improving the global governance of migration is by shaping a far-sighted and people-centered Global Compact which hinges on migrants as the active protagonists. The outcome of the negotiations on this Compact truly will serve as the litmus test of fraternity and solidarity among the family of nations over and above any political divisions or geographical borders.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 14 March 2017 Human Rights Council

Statement at the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 4 – Interactive Dialogue with the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic

The Holy See reiterates its solidarity with the Syrian people and especially with the victims of violence, and encourages the international community to embrace the perspective of victims. Six years of senseless slaughter expose once again the illusion, and the futility, of war as a mean to settle disputes.The unjust suffering of the innocent victims of this senseless slaughter should motivate all involved parties to engage in a serious dialogue and to work towards a future of peace and justice.

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STATEMENT Friday 10 March 2017 Human Rights Council

Statement at the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 - General Debate “Access to Medicines”

In relation to pursuing of the double goals of access to medicines and necessary medical innovation, policy coherence is fundamental for effective, sustainable and equitable progress towards universal health coverage and improved health outcomes for all.In order to promote human dignity and to adopt policies rooted in a human rights approach, we need to confront and remove barriers, such as monopolies and oligopolies, lack of access and affordability and, in particular, both overwhelming and unacceptable human greed.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 7 March 2017 Human Rights Council

Statement at the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on on the Issue of Human Rights Obligations Relating to the Enjoyment of a Safe, Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment

The degradation and loss of biodiversity can reinforce existing patterns of discrimination and thus undermine the right to an adequate standard of living, which touches the rights to adequate food, to water and sanitation, and to health.There is an asymmetric distribution of the cost and benefits of this situation, which is a direct result of an economic view that takes into account only the immediate profits and ignores the cost of the related damages resulting from such strategies.

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STATEMENT Monday 6 March 2017 Human Rights Council

Statement at the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Report of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

The commitment of the Holy See “to protect, to defend, to promote religious freedom”, the “first human right”, for all people, regardless of their respective religion or belief, remains both strong and determined. The Holy See firmly believes that every human person has a “transcendent dignity [that]… must be acknowledged and protected as a universal good

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STATEMENT Friday 3 March 2017 Human Rights Council

Statement at the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 3 – Special Rapporteurs on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

"Tending "to those in need takes strength and tenderness, effort and generosity in the midst of a functionalistic and privatized mindset which inexorably leads to a 'throwaway culture'. To care for individuals and peoples in need means taking responsibility for the present with its situations of utter marginalization and anguish, and being capable of bestowing dignity upon it"

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STATEMENT Wednesday 1 March 2017 Human Rights Council

Statement at the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council – Item 3 – Biennial High-Level Panel on “The Death Penalty”

More humane measures are available to address crime, ensuring the victim the right to justice and giving the criminal the chance to reform. Moreover, this will facilitate the development of a more just and fair society, fully respectful of human dignity.

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STATEMENT Thursday 9 February 2017 UNITAR

Statement at the 2nd Dialogue on Faith, Peacebuilding & Development

When analyzing the situations of tension and conflict that have emerged during recent years in the international scenario, a dangerous temptation is to place them in the prospective of the clash of civilizations.Religions are called to build a culture of encounter and peace, based on patience, understanding, and humble, tangible steps. Dialogue among religious traditions can greatly contribute to shape the human conscience, a moral patrimony widely shared which expresses a universal ethical message.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 31 January 2017 World Health Organization

Statement at the 140th meeting of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization

The Holy See recognizes the urgency of greater attention and action to promote the health of migrants.The Delegation of the Holy See urges WHO, UNHCR, IOM, and other relevant agencies to advocate for greater attention and action to safeguard and protect the health of migrants and to include practical, accountable, and sustainable plans to achieve this aim within the Compacts on Refugees and on Migrants.

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STATEMENT Manday 30 January 2017 World Health Organization

Statement at the 140th meeting of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization

The number of deaths that result from the use of psychoactive drugs, the level of drug-attributable disease burden, and the incidence of HIV infections as well as hepatitis B and hepatitis C caused by injecting drugs present compelling evidence that this situation has reached “alarming proportions”. A comprehensive and cooperative approach is required and should include the strengthening of capacity in health and social services, as well as cooperation with justice, education, and law enforcement sectors

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STATEMENT Wednesday 26 January 2017 World Health Organization

Statement at the 140th meeting of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization

Neither human life nor the human person can ever be treated as an object to be manipulated or as a disposable commodity.The Holy See Delegation is keenly aware of the severe lack of available donations and that, in some cases, only ten per cent of the identified needs can be satisfied.

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STATEMENT Wednesday 14 December 2016 Human Rights Council

Statement at the 26th Special Session of the Human Rights Council “On the Human Rights Situation in South Sudan”

The consequences of the conflict are seen most clearly in the suffering of the South Sudan population. About 2.3 million people, the clear majority being women and children, continue to be displaced from their homes within the country, and some 600,000 have sought refuge in neighboring countries, about 70 per cent of these being unaccompanied minors. Estimates show that between 5 and 7 million people are facing food shortages.

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STATEMENT Monday 12 December 2016 Disarmament CCW

Statement at the Fifth Review Conference of the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects (CCW)

International security and peace are best achieved through the promotion of a culture of dialogue and cooperation, not through an arms race. Civilians always bear the highest price of war while the weapons industries profit from it. Until this unfortunate logic is changed, it is incumbent upon us to reduce at least the human suffering caused by armed conflicts.

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STATEMENT Wednesday 7 December 2016 UNAIDS

Statement at the UNAIDS Program Coordinating Board

Access to affordable medicines no longer represents a challenge just for the Least Developed and other developing countries; it has also become an increasingly urgent issue for developed countries. A fundamental responsibility of the international community is to ensure that all people have affordable and sustainable access to life- savings medicines.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 6 December 2016 IOM Council

Statement at the 107th Session of the IOM Council

The number of people on the move in search of better opportunities, often fleeing from conflicts, famine, religious persecution, climate change and natural disasters, continues to increase incessantly.Migration, integration and development are interdependent and mutually reinforcing phenomena. The great contribution of migrants becomes real and effective when they are recognized as partners in economic development, when their human rights are respected

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STATEMENT Monday 5 December 2016 UNCTAD Trade and Development Board

Statement at the UNCTAD Trade and Development Board

The world still face an unequal global distribution of resources and opportunities, but today we are better placed to take concrete actions that can address the inequalities between and among countries and peoples.It is time to embrace a transformative shift to translate declarations into actions, and commitments into achievements.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 8 November 2016 WTO TRIPs Council

Statement at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) Council

The Report of the High-Level Panel represents a point of departure from which we could start to discuss remedies and correct the misalignments and policy incoherencies between the individual and corporate rights of inventors, innovators or manufacturers and broader human rights.

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STATEMENT Monday 7 November 2016 Biological Weapons Convention – 8th Review Conference

Statement at the 8th Review Conference Biological Weapons Convention

The very nature and purpose of the BWC framework offers a chance to underline and understand the direct link between disarmament and development, and their mutually reinforcing relationship.

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STATEMENT Friday 21 October 2016 Human Rights Council

Statement at the 25th Special Session of the Human Rights Council

The political, social and economic, complexity underlying the situation in Syria, which also concerns the stability of the Middle East and beyond, must not be a barrier for the International Community to address urgently the pressing need of finding a solution through diplomatic dialogue.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 04 October 2016 UNHCR Executive Committee

Statement at the 67th Executive Committee Meeting of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The Holy See, while assuring its firm commitment to work with all interested parties to assist the needs of refugees and migrants, reiterates a strong appeal for the implementation of the existing provisions contained in the Refugee Convention

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STATEMENT Monday 03 October 2016 WIPO Assemblies

Statement at 56th Series of Meetings of the WIPO Assemblies

The entry into force of Marrakech Treaty represents a strong signal that multilateralism not only is alive, but that it can serve well as an effective system for the concrete implementation of the common good through the responsible involvement of all parties in any negotiations undertaken

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STATEMENT Friday 16 September 2016 Human Rights Council

Statement at the 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council- item 3- the Interactive Dialogue on Human Rights to water and sanitation

Water management should be based on a participatory approach, involving users, planners and policy makers at all levels. Both women and men should be involved in managing water resources and sharing the benefits that come from sustainable water use.

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STATEMENT Wednesday 14 September 2016 Human Rights Council

Statement at the 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council Independent Expert on the Rights of Older Persons

Older persons enrich society and their positive and constructive presence in society is valued. The elderly are a source of wisdom and a great resource. The quality of a society, of a civilization, may also be judged by how it treats its elderly and by the place reserved for them in communal life.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 19 July 2016 UNCTAD XIV Ministerial Conference

Statement at the XIV UNCTAD Ministerial Conference

The Holy See strongly supported the original aspiration of UNCTAD which aimed at creating a global trading system supporting the development of poor countries: a system able to promote the rebalancing of international economic relations to promote justice and equity, to promote social progress and better standards of life in greater freedom.

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STATEMENT Thursday 30 June 2016 IOM Council

Statement at the Special Session of the IOM Council

The Delegation of the Holy See express its gratitude to the Director General for his determined efforts in successfully arriving to this historical agreement between the United Nations and the International Organization for Migration .

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STATEMENT Wednesday 29 June 2016 Israeli-Palestinian peace

Statement at the Intenational Conference in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace

There is a strong nexus between religion and diplomacy, between faith-based “informal diplomacy” and the formal diplomacy of States and multilateral bodies. Strengthening this nexus could make a strong positive contribution to the overall effort to achieve peace for all Israelis and Palestinians, and for all the inhabitants of the region.

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STATEMENT Tuesday 28 June 2016 Human Rights Council

Statement at the 32nd Session of the Human Rights Council Panel on the Use of Sport and the Olympic Ideal to Promote Human Rights for All

The Holy See encourages the practice of sports to build bridges between peoples, nations and continents as well as in the society and, as long as it is practiced with respect for human dignity, it is a strong tool to create a more inclusive global society.

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