Beirut, 8 November 2022 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) today launched a two-day seminar on the contribution of development to the enjoyment of all human rights in Arabic-speaking countries.
The seminar, held at the United Nations House in Beirut, is part of a series of regional seminars – one for each of the five regions of the world – organized ahead of the fifty-fourth session of the Human Rights Council. man.
In his speech, Mr. Saadeh Al Shami, Deputy Prime Minister of Lebanon, highlighted the serious socio-economic crisis in the country and its ramifications. “The longer we delay reforms, the greater the cost and the more intractable our problems will become,” he warned, adding that “when political and sectarian immunity prohibits accountability, human rights are severely compromised. “.
Representatives of United Nations agencies, regional and international organizations, national human rights institutions and civil society organizations discussed the challenges and gaps that hinder the contribution of development to the enjoyment of human rights, and shared best practices and experiences in overcoming obstacles.
In a recorded message, Mr. Federico Villegas, President of the Human Rights Council, said that the international community had adopted a social contract affirming that human rights, peace and security and development were interdependent .
For her part, the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Nada Al-Nashif, stressed that collective commitment, political will and concerted action are needed to face global challenges such as the climate emergency, energy and food crises and armed conflicts.
Participants also highlighted the importance of international cooperation for sustainable development as it promotes and protects human rights, helps end poverty and creates opportunities for young people.
Mr. Tarik Alami, Head of Governance and Conflict Prevention Unit at ESCWA, affirmed that the right to development was an inalienable right of every human being that enhanced the capabilities of individuals through freedom of opinion and expression, and expand their choices. “We need to integrate the right to development with other rights, such as the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, to food, water and sanitation, especially in our region, which struggles more and more to achieve water and food security. with the growing effects of climate change,” he added.
A report on the five regional seminars will be presented to the fifty-fourth session of the Human Rights Council.
ESCWA, one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations, supports inclusive and sustainable economic and social development in the Arab States and works to strengthen regional integration.