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Third Committee of the UN General Assembly concludes its work

The Third Committee meeting of the UN General Assembly concluded yesterday in New York. Starting on 2 October, the Committee considered and approved some 60 resolutions and decisions over seven weeks.

Topical issues relating to human rights, social development and humanitarian affairs were addressed by delegations of UN member states also in interactive dialogues with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, including with Human Rights Council special rapporteurs and independent experts, special representatives of the UN Secretary-General, and chairs of treaty bodies and other UN high representatives.

In its national statements, Slovenia addressed primarily the rights of older persons, the rights of the child, violence against women, protection of human rights defenders, human rights and the environment and the human rights of LGBTI persons. In a general debate on social development, Slovenia underlined the situation and rights of the elderly, expressing the need for regulating the minimum standards under international law. The Slovenian youth delegate pointed to the importance of involving young people in decision-making processes, underlining the current issue of the digital welfare of youth.

Slovenia was actively engaged particularly in negotiations on the resolution to continue implementing decisions adopted at the Second World Assembly on Ageing. It also co-shaped the texts of resolutions traditionally proposed by the EU: on the rights of the child, freedom of religion and belief, and the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and in Myanmar.

Slovenia also advocated for the inclusion and adoption of texts underlining gender equality and, in this context, the need to ensure sexual and reproductive health care, services and rights. Through its co-sponsorship, Slovenia expressed its dedicated support for the adopted resolutions addressing the issue of women’s rights and status, the situation of youth, the protection of human rights defenders, human rights to water and sanitation, the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the respect of human rights in the fight against terrorism, and the safety of journalists. Slovenia also supported the resolutions on the human rights situation in Crimea, Sevastopol, Syria and Iran.