February 28, 2024

Statement of H.E. Archbishop Ettore Balestrero, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organisations in Geneva at the General Segment of the 55th Session of the Human Rights Council

The principles of human fraternity and solidarity should once again be at the heart of our work. Fraternity has been at core value of the multilateral system since the founding of the United Nations. The Preamble and the first Articles of the UN founding Charter recognise that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, and should act towards one another in a spirit of fraternity. The universal fraternity is an essential condition for the full realisation of human rights in today’s world. When we fail to acknowledge that we are all interconnected, we all suffer.

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