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23-02-2021 18:59

The Minister of Foreign Affairs addressed the UN Human Rights Council and announced the candidature of the Republic of Cyprus for membership of the Council for the period 2025-27

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Nikos Christodoulides, announced today the decision of the Republic of Cyprus to bid for the first time in its history for membership of the UN Human Rights Council, for the period 2025-27. The announcement was made during the Minister’s address at the 46th Session of the Human Rights Council, which takes place in Geneva.

In his speech, Minister Christodoulides underlined, inter alia, that protection of human rights has always been a foreign policy priority for Cyprus. In this context, he stressed the commitment of Cyprus to work with all other UN Member States for the protection and promotion of human rights.

Furthermore, the Minister stressed that Cyprus, being a firm believer in the value of multilateralism and international cooperation, will have a substantial contribution to make as a member of the Council, in achieving the common goal which is none other than the enhancement of human rights for all.

Cyprus is committed to working through a specific plan in this direction, Mr Christodoulides noted, and in a wide range of areas including, among others, gender equality, the fight against trafficking in human beings, the rights of children and youths, the protection of cultural rights and the impact of climate change on human rights.

In his address to the Council, the Minister also referred to the annual report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the question of human rights in Cyprus, and, making use of the occasion, also briefed the Council on the latest developments in relation to the Cyprus problem and the forthcoming informal conference on Cyprus to be convened by the UN Secretary-General with the aim of resuming negotiations for a comprehensive and lasting solution in accordance with relevant UN Security Council resolutions on the basis of a bi-communal and bi-zonal federation.

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