Top Stories : Statement by the Delegation of Thailand delivered by Mr. Sasiwat Wongsinsawat Chargé d'affaires and Deputy Permanent Representative during the General Debate under Item 10 on Technical Cooperation and Capacity Building at the 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council on Thursday, 29 September 2016 News

Top Stories : Statement by the Delegation of Thailand delivered by Mr. Sasiwat Wongsinsawat Chargé d'affaires and Deputy Permanent Representative during the General Debate under Item 10 on Technical Cooperation and Capacity Building at the 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council on Thursday, 29 September 2016

Statement by the Delegation of Thailand

delivered by Mr. Sasiwat Wongsinsawat

Chargé d'affaires and Deputy Permanent Representative

during the General Debate under Item 10 on

Technical Cooperation and Capacity Building

at the 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council

on Thursday, 29 September 2016

 

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Mr. Vice President,

 

The tenth anniversary of the Human Rights Council offers an excellent opportunity to reiterate the critical role of technical cooperation and capacity-building in translating international human rights standards into concrete improvements on the ground. This occasion also provides a timely opportunity to reflect on the progress made and challenges faced in the area of technical cooperation and capacity-building since the establishment of the Council, with a view to strengthening future efforts in this area.

 

With this in mind, Thailand and a core group of States submitted to the Council a draft resolution on “Enhancement of technical cooperation and capacity-building in the field of human rights”.  The draft resolution proposes that the theme of next year’s panel discussion under Agenda Item 10 be: “A decade of technical cooperation and capacity-building at the HRC: challenges and the way forward.”

 

Looking ahead, we need to reaffirm our commitment to strengthening technical cooperation and dialogue at international, regional and bilateral levels. We should share our visions and views on how we can make technical cooperation more effective and efficient in helping States develop their national frameworks and capacities in the promotion and protection of human rights. We should also reiterate that such technical assistance must be based on a consultative approach and the consent of concerned States.

Finally, we should ensure that technical cooperation and capacity-building are given due emphasis in the proposal to strengthen the OHCHR Regional Offices under the Change Initiative, with a view to enhancing the effectiveness of capacity-building programmes provided by the Office.

 

The Government of Thailand reaffirms its commitment to protect and promote human rights and move forward according to our Roadmap toward sustainable democracy.

 

I thank you, Mr. Vice President.