UNGA President to stakeholders: focus attention on rights issues

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UNITED Nations General Assembly (UNGA) President Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande has drawn the attention of member states and other stakeholders to the need to focus attention on all human rights issues.

Muhammad-Bande gave the charge at the ongoing 43rd Human Rights Council (HRC) holding in Geneva.

He said people all over the world deserved to live in dignity regardless of their beliefs, political dispositions and economic conditions.

“There are many people around the world whose survival depends on how well the United Nations system is able to coordinate and align the three main pillars of peace and security, human rights and development.

“Some of these people live in relatively peaceful societies, while many are trapped in conflict zones and face difficulties.

“We cannot continue to turn a blind eye to the human rights situation in these conflict zones, as well as to the hardship faced by many who escaped conflict and are seeking security in other places,” Muhammad-Bande stressed.

The UN chief also underscored the need for a strong sustainable action on educational, humanitarian, and climate induced vulnerabilities that threaten the rights of children.

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“We must, therefore, compel action to put an end to child exploitation in all its forms, protect children in conflict situation, and ensure that they have access to health facilities, nutrition, protection, and quality education,” he said.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the council opened in Geneva on Monday with a call to respect the dignity of all people and the commitment to fight for equity and against discrimination.

Nigeria’s Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama and his counterparts from member nations as well as UN representatives are attending the council.

The council holds three regular sessions a year, for a total of at least ten weeks.

They take place in March (four weeks), June (three weeks), and September (three weeks).

If one third of the member states requests so, the HRC can decide at any time to hold a special session to address human rights violations and emergencies.

The 43rd Regular Session of the HRC which began on Feb. 24 will end on March 20.