Deputy Minister Landers takes part in UN rights meeting in Geneva

Deputy Minister Landers takes part in UN rights meeting in Geneva

SA Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Luwellyn Landers in a bilateral meeting with AU Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat, on the sidelines of the 40th session of the Human Rights Council, in Geneva on Monday. Photo: Yandisa Monakali/DNS

In a statement, the international relations and cooperation department said Landers attendance amplifies the importance South Africa places on human rights, in particular the HRC. 

South Africa’s Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Luwellyn Landers is attending the United Nations high-level segment of the Human Rights Council (HRC) 40th Session in Geneva, Switzerland where he is participating in a series of meetings.

The meetings, which began on Monday and run up to Wednesday, are being attended by numerous heads of states, foreign ministers, deputy foreign ministers and other dignitaries, including the United Nations secretary general and the chairperson of the African Union Commission.

2019 marks the last year of South Africa’s back-to-back membership on the Council.

“The deputy minister will deliver South Africa’s national statement at the high-level segment and during high level panel debates, emphasising South Africa’s commitment toward the strengthening and deepening of the multilateral system of global governance and the rule of law, despite increasing unilateralism and the growth of populist and ultra-nationalist forces in the world,” said the statement.

The HRC meets against the backdrop of numerous challenges in the world that impact on human rights, peace and security and development.

It presents an opportunity for developing countries, including South Africa, to ensure that human rights and development issues are made central to any future discussions in the United Nations system.

2019 marks the last year of South Africa’s back-to-back membership on the HRC.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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