The year that is ending has been marked by the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which adds new challenges and complicates others that already existed for the international community.
Most eloquently, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the unjust nature of the international order in which we live, which multiplies the privileges of rich countries and perpetuates the shortcomings of the poor.
We thank the Independent Expert for his presentation.
The promotion of a democratic and equitable international order is more relevant today than ever. With a democratic and equitable international order, the pandemic would not have the effects is having and will continue to have, disproportionately, on countries of the South.
We welcome the Special Rapporteur and congratulate her on her appointment. Like her predecessors, she will count on our full support.
We appreciate the presentation of her report A/75/209, which examines the impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
My delegation appreciates the opportunity to exchange views with the High Commissioner; and notes the presentation of report A/75/36.
We reiterate our support for her work and Office, based on UNGA resolution 48/141, which underlined the need for promotion and protection of all human rights to be guided by the principles of impartiality, objectivity and non-selectivity, in a spirit of dialogue and cooperation.