During the session, which takes place each autumn, the Third Committee addressed various human rights issues mainly through general debate and interactive dialogues with special rapporteurs, independent experts, presidents of contracting authorities and representatives of the United Nations.
The General Assembly again took note of the annual report of the President of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Within the framework of the activities of the Third Committee, Slovenia participated in the general debate on social development. The Slovenian youth delegate participated again this year. In her remarks, she highlighted the challenges facing young people today, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
She underlined the importance of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals for young people and for future generations in particular.
In other appearances, Slovenia participated in interactive dialogues with the Special Representative on Violence against Children, the Independent Expert on the Exercise of All Human Rights by Older Persons, the special rapporteur on violence against women, special rapporteur on human rights defenders, special rapporteur on human rights and the environment, and special rapporteur on water and sanitation. In an interactive dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Slovenia made a statement on behalf of the Group of Friends of the Elderly in New York, drawing attention to the negative impact of COVID-19 on rights of the elderly.
Slovenia has actively participated in the negotiations on the resolution to further implement the conclusions of the Second World Assembly on Aging, in the drafting processes and in the coordination of EU Member States regarding the resolutions that Slovenia has made. submitted as chairperson and presented on behalf of the EU: on children’s rights, on freedom of religion and belief, on the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and on the human rights situation in Myanmar.
In addition to the above-mentioned resolutions, the Committee adopted, inter alia, resolutions on the prevention of various forms of violence against women and girls, the fundamental right to drinking water and sanitation, the fight against disinformation, human rights defenders, national human rights institutions, fight against human trafficking, people with disabilities, social development, human rights and terrorism. Slovenia also supported resolutions dealing with the human rights situation in Sevastopol, Crimea, Syria and Iran. When expressing positions and adopting Third Committee resolutions, Slovenia read statements on behalf of the EU under the Presidency.