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UN rights chief urges cooperative action for more equitable, sustainable world
update:February 25,2020
GENEVA, Feb.25,2020 -- United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday urged states to harness solutions and the power of cooperative action to ensure a more equitable and sustainable world.
Delivering a keynote speech at the opening of the 43rd regular session of the UN Human Rights Council here, Bachelet stressed that the "human rights agenda offers guidance to resolve grievances and conflicts, improve lives and create greater justice, more peace and more sustainable development."
"Many world events call for the attention of this high-level session of the Council. Some are emergencies that demand rapid and decisive action. Others, such as the climate crisis, are longer-term issues that require equally decisive measures," she said.
Arguing that "threats to human rights, to development and peace may be rising," she said that multilateral agreements of recent years have brought many solutions to the challenges, such as the 2030 Agenda, and the Global Compact on Migration.
"Inventive and resourceful young people must also be seen as part of the solution to the crises we face," she said.
Bachelet highlighted measures that "advance access to education, healthcare, universal social protection, and a life of dignity" in the process of providing wider social, economic and individual benefit.
The 43rd regular session of the UN Human Rights Council is scheduled to last until March 20.
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