OHCHR / BACHELET HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said navigating a clear way “out of the complex COVID-19 crisis, and towards an inclusive, green, sustainable and resilient future, will be the work of this generation of world leaders – or their downfall.” UNTV CH

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DATELINE: 21 JUN 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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21 JUN 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, Palais des Nations exterior
2. Zoom out, dais
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“It is an honour to address this Council on the occasion of its 15th anniversary – sadly, a time of grave setbacks in human rights. Extreme poverty, inequalities and injustice are rising. Democratic and civic space is being eroded. Navigating a clear way out of the complex COVID-19 crisis, and towards an inclusive, green, sustainable and resilient future, will be the work of this generation of world leaders – or their downfall.”
4. Med shot, UN staff reading documents
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“The Secretary-General's Call to Action on Human Rights is a blueprint that connects, more closely than ever before, the UN pillars of development, peace and security, and human rights. It places support for the full spectrum of all human rights at the heart of every society's capacity to recover from the pandemic emergency – and at the core of the work of all UN bodies and teams. The Secretary-General has also outlined the need for a New Social Contract, underpinned by a New Global Deal of solidarity, which more fairly shares power, resources and opportunities. In September he will deliver to the General Assembly a plan for a UN-wide Common Agenda. These are bold steps that place unprecedented emphasis on the power of human rights to ensure sound and inclusive development, sustainable peace, and societies grounded in trust.”
6. Med shot, videographers
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“I want to emphasise two themes: Firstly, the Call to Action creates unprecedented leverage to deploy the force of partnerships across the United Nations. I am committed to ensuring that this leads to broader, better integrated and firmly evidence-based country analysis; unified advocacy; and field-based programming that is better targeted, and more effective, because of its strong grounding in human rights. Secondly, the Call to Action underscores the need to approach civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights as a compelling and mutually reinforcing synergy. Economic and social rights, and the right to development, are universal rights.”
8. Wide shot, dais and screen
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“And civil and political rights are equally crucial to building inclusive, participative societies. Together – regardless of the country's wealth or stage of development – steps to uphold these rights create a powerful movement of public trust.”
10. Med shot, Bachelet at dais
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“The Call to Action asks us to advance that vision of the entire United Nations working to uphold all human rights.”
12. Close up, videographer
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Excellencies, establishing a New Social Contract is about rebuilding public trust through stronger support for fundamental rights. It is vital to establishing societies in which policymakers place a priority on combatting inequalities and promoting rights to social protection, to health, education, and more. Those public investments in the legal commitments made by every State can be underpinned by macroeconomic policies that seek to maximize available resources, including through progressive taxation and curtailing illicit financial flows. A human rights economy requires transparency, accountability and a broad space for social dialogue, scrutiny and participation.”
14. Wide shot, screens on dais

STORYLINE:

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said navigating a clear way “out of the complex COVID-19 crisis, and towards an inclusive, green, sustainable and resilient future, will be the work of this generation of world leaders – or their downfall.”

Speaking today (21 Jun) in Geneva at the 47th session of the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner said this was a time of “grave setbacks in human rights.” She said extreme poverty, inequalities and injustice are rising, while democratic and civic space is being eroded.

Bachelet said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s Call to Action on Human Rights is a blueprint that connects, more closely than ever before, the UN pillars of development, peace and security, and human rights. She added, “It places support for the full spectrum of all human rights at the heart of every society's capacity to recover from the pandemic emergency – and at the core of the work of all UN bodies and teams.”

Bachelet also noted that the Secretary-General has also outlined the need for a New Social Contract, underpinned by a New Global Deal of solidarity, which more fairly shares power, resources and opportunities. In September he will deliver to the General Assembly a plan for a UN-wide Common Agenda.

The High Commissioner stressed that these are “bold steps that place unprecedented emphasis on the power of human rights to ensure sound and inclusive development, sustainable peace, and societies grounded in trust.”

She said, “I want to emphasise two themes: Firstly, the Call to Action creates unprecedented leverage to deploy the force of partnerships across the United Nations. I am committed to ensuring that this leads to broader, better integrated and firmly evidence-based country analysis; unified advocacy; and field-based programming that is better targeted, and more effective, because of its strong grounding in human rights. Secondly, the Call to Action underscores the need to approach civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights as a compelling and mutually reinforcing synergy. Economic and social rights, and the right to development, are universal rights.”

Bachelet underlined that civil and political rights are equally crucial to building inclusive, participative societies. She said, “Together – regardless of the country's wealth or stage of development – steps to uphold these rights create a powerful movement of public trust.”

Bachelet emphasised that establishing a New Social Contract is about rebuilding public trust through stronger support for fundamental rights. She said it was vital to establishing societies in which policymakers place a priority on combatting inequalities and promoting rights to social protection, to health, education, and more. She said, “Those public investments in the legal commitments made by every State can be underpinned by macroeconomic policies that seek to maximize available resources, including through progressive taxation and curtailing illicit financial flows.” She added that a human rights economy requires transparency, accountability and a broad space for social dialogue, scrutiny and participation.”
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