Human Rights Council 51st Session.
Presentation of HC/SG country reports and oral updates (Cambodia, Georgia, Yemen) followed by ITEM 10 General debate
Statement delivered by Minister Counsellor Anniken Enersen
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6 October 2022
Norway reaffirms its strong support for technical assistance and capacity building as one of the essential tools to assist States in implementing their human rights obligations.
The OHCHR and other stakeholders play a vital role in this regard.
As members of two core groups promoting technical assistance and capacity building this session, Norway seeks to strengthen technical cooperation and capacity building in the field of human rights.
We believe that the Council has a potential to improve its efforts in this area. We, therefore, welcome the half day intersessional meeting in draft resolution 51/L15 to take stock of and further elaborate on this important issue. We would encourage all states to engage in such a dialogue.
Furthermore, this year marks the 15th anniversary of the Universal Periodic Review Voluntary Fund. As its largest donor, Norway will encourage more states to step forward as donors, and existing donors to increase their contributions to enable the fund to assist even more countries.
Capacity building is a key element of the long term efforts to prevent human rights violations and abuses and build national resilience.
We will therefore continue to support technical assistance and capacity building efforts that would lead to the improvement of the human rights situation on the ground.
I thank you.