STATEMENTS 

  

    

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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STATEMENT Thursday 23 June 2016 Human Rights Council

Statement at the 32nd Session of the Human Rights Council General Debate - Item 5

It is always necessary to place the human person, with his or her dignity, at the centre, countering the dynamics that tend to relativize what is important and place money at the apex. When money becomes the end as well as the motive of every activity and of every venture, then the utilitarian perspective and brute logic – which do not respect people – prevail. This results in the widespread collapse of the values of solidarity and respect.

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STATEMENT Thursday 16 June 2016 Human Rights Council

Statement at the 32nd Session of the Human Rights Council

Women have a specific vocation in the human society and they must be encouraged to embrace the opportunity to uphold the dignity of life through their involvement in education and their participation in political and civic life. They can and should develop their unique “capacity for the other” for, without their voice, the social fabric of society would be weakened..

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STATEMENT Tuesday 14 June 2016 Human Rights Council

Statement at the 32nd Session of the Human Rights Council Item 3 – Special Rapporteur on Migrants

“We are called to promote a culture of dialogue by every possible means and thus to rebuild the fabric of society. The culture of dialogue entails a true apprenticeship and a discipline that enables us to view others as valid dialogue partners, to respect the foreigner, the immigrant and people from different cultures as worthy of being listened to. Today we urgently need to engage all the members of society in building ‘a culture which privileges dialogue as a form of encounter’ and to create ‘a means for building consensus and agreement while seeking the goal of a just, responsive and inclusive society’ (Evangelium Gaudium, 239).”

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STATEMENT Thursday 2 June 2016 International Labour Conference

Statement at the 105th Session of the International Labour Conference

The Holy See wishes to reaffirm its interest in contributing to the dialogues on the future of work in the context of the 100th Anniversary of the Organization. We look towards the continuation of this process with the hope that people, workers, their families and their communities be placed at the centre of future sustainable development and decent work policies, as recommended by the Philadelphia Declaration (1944).

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STATEMENT Monday 11 April 2016 Informal Expert Meeting on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems

Statement at the Informal Expert Meeting on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (CCW)

We must be cautious about the research and development of LAWS. Now is the time to prevent LAWS from becoming the reality of tomorrow’s warfare. The CCW should make a courageous decision of prohibiting lethal autonomous weapons like it did in the past concerning other types of weapons.

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