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Statement by H.E. Mr. Sven Jürgenson, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the United Nations, at the 48th UN plenary meeting introducing draft resolution "Cooperation between the Council of Europe and the United Nations", 21 November 2016

21.11.2016

Mr President, Distinguished Delegates,

In accordance with the mandate given by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to the chairmanship of the Council of Europe, I have the honour to introduce the draft resolution A/71/L.15, entitled „Cooperation between the United Nations and the Council of Europe“.  Estonia assumed the chairmanship of the Council of Europe in May and it ends tomorrow, so it is symbolic to present the draft resolution to the General Assembly at the end of our term. The draft resolution has been sponsored by 52 countries as listed on the L document, which to our knowledge, is the highest number for this cooperation resolution.

Cooperation between the Council of Europe and the United Nations started already in 1951 with the agreement between the secretariats of the two organizations. In 1989, the General Assembly of the United Nations granted the Council of Europe an invitation to participate as on observer in its sessions. Today, the Council of Europe works closely with a large number of UN bodies.  Since 2000 and every second year since 2004, a resolution on cooperation between the United Nations and the Council of Europe is adopted. These resolutions have demonstrated that the collaboration between the United Nations and the Council of Europe is well established, evolved and deepened over time.

The draft resolution under consideration today includes important updates with regards to the work undertaken by the Council of Europe and the United Nations in the areas of common interest since the adoption of the resolution 69/83 in 2014.  The resolution encourages further cooperation  in the fields of the protection and promotion of human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law, the fight against discrimination and intolerance, advancing gender equality and fight against violence against women, the prevention of torture, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the protection of the rights of children, the fight against terrorism, transnational organized crime, cybercrime, corruption, trafficking in human beings as well as in the fields of Internet governance, information society and fostering intercultural dialogue. The resolution also recognizes the effective implementation of the outcomes of relevant international conferences and legal instruments.

Mr President, Distinguished Delegates,

Let me assure you that the Council of Europe remains committed to the promotion of its three main pillars – human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and stands ready for dialogue and partnership to advance its core values and achieve greater synergy with the United Nations.

To conclude, I would like to thank all members of the Council of Europe and the Observer states for their support during the Estonian chairmanship, as well as all delegations here in New York for their constructive engagement and flexibility shown during consultations on this draft resolution. We hope that the draft resolution will be adopted by consensus.

Text of the resolution: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/71/L.15

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