On November 22, the 22nd session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Right to Development of the United Nations Human Rights Council has kicked off in Geneva.
The session is attended by Uzbekistan delegation led by the First Vice-Speaker of Uzbekistan Parliament, Director of the National Center for Human Rights Akmal Saidov.
Among the participants in the session are representatives of UN agencies and other international organizations, as well as civil society. The Permanent Representative of Uzbekistan to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva was elected Deputy Chairman of the UN Human Rights Council. As a result, for the first time in its history, Uzbekistan gets the right to participate in the work of the UN Human Rights Council.
The HRC Bureau is composed of five people – the chairman of the council and four vice-chairmen representing different geographic groups. The Asia-Pacific region, from where the permanent representative of Uzbekistan was nominated, is one of the largest in the HRC system. The group includes 56 states. It is noteworthy that they all unanimously supported the candidacy of Uzbekistan for the post of Deputy Chairman of the UN Human Rights Council for 2022.
International experts recognize the election of the representative of Uzbekistan as another manifestation of the positive assessment by the world community of large-scale reforms in human rights in Uzbekistan. Within the framework of the Action Strategy, over the past five years, significant results have been achieved in the development of all spheres. Uzbekistan, elected as a full member of the UN Human Rights Council in 2021-2023, is actively working within this organization. In October this year, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution initiated by Uzbekistan on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people.
Similar and consonant statements are being put forward at the session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Right to Development of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. According to international politicians, in the current pandemic, the world community must work more closely and unitedly to support human rights and fully ensure the human right to development.
Nazokat Usmanova, UzA