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UNGA 64: New Zealand intervention in the Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Statement by NZ Delegate Rachel Taylor, 21 October 2009

Mr President,

New Zealand warmly welcomes the High Commissioner Ms Navanetham Pillay back to New York for her second annual report to the Third Committee. 

New Zealand fully supports the independence and integrity of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and remains a strong supporter of her Office.  We thank the High Commissioner for her comprehensive report setting out the many activities undertaken by her Office in the last year.  This work, conducted within the UN system and at the country level is of vital importance in the promotion and protection of human rights.  New Zealand firmly believes in the indispensability of the Office’s field presences around the world.

New Zealand appreciates the continuing efforts made by the High Commissioner towards mainstreaming human rights and enhancing partnerships.  In order to secure the integration of human rights across the work of the United Nations, the High Commissioner must have good access to other parts of the UN system, including the Security Council.  New Zealand would be interested in the High Commissioner’s views on what further concrete measures can be taken to enhance this process.

Regarding human rights and climate change, New Zealand notes the recently completed study of the Office of the High Commissioner, the resolutions of the Human Rights Council and panel debate on this topic.  These have made a useful contribution to highlighting the problems faced, in particular, by small island developing States.  New Zealand would welcome the High Commissioner’s views on how her Office might further add value to this topical discussion.

Thank you, Mr President.

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