Enhanced Interactive Dialogue with Director Christian Salazar Volkmann on Technical Cooperation and Capacity Building
Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America
As Delivered by Sarah Talkovsky
Human Rights Council – 53rd Session
Thank you, Mr. Vice President.
We thank the High Commissioner for his report.
In this year of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and 30th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Program of Action, the United States reaffirms its support for the work of the HRC and OHCHR in providing technical assistance and capacity building on the full range of human rights: civil, political, economic, social, and cultural.
Such technical assistance and capacity building must be accompanied by independent monitoring and reporting, to ensure that assistance is well designed, addresses key issues, and helps countries overcome their unique challenges.
We are proud to take advantage of this support ourselves, through our standing invitation to thematic Special Procedures. This year, we hosted official country visits from the SR on Human Rights and Countering Terrorism, and from the Independent Expert Mechanism to Advance Racial Justice and Equality in the context of Law Enforcement. We look forward to the SR on Racism’s visit in November.
The United States is one of the largest donors to OHCHR, and much of that funding goes toward technical cooperation and capacity building in the Americas and throughout the world.
We ask the High Commissioner, how can this Council better support OHCHR’s approach to technical cooperation and capacity-building?
I thank you.