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Marri calls for more participatory, inclusive societies at UN meeting

Marri calls for more participatory, 
inclusive societies at UN meeting

New York
Secretary-General and Acting Chairman of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) Dr Ali bin Smaikh Al Marri has called for rebuilding of governance and more participatory and inclusive societies.
Dr Marri, who is also the chairman of Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), during the virtual high-level panel discussion on the sidelines of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, hosted by Uruguay, on the future challenges of participation, human rights and governance.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Special Representative of the European Union for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore, Founder and Executive Director of Action for Justice and Human Rights in Liberia Satta Sheriff, Member of UN Human Rights Committee and Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Pretoria Christoph Heinz, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice of the Gambia Dawda Jallow participated in the panel along with the sponsors from Argentina, Costa Rica, Korea and Ukraine, while the panel discussion was moderated by UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ilze Brands Kehris.
Marri said, “Human rights embody values that guide the way forward, including the importance of safety, dignity, decent living, fairness, freedom, equality, respect, well-being and responsibility.”
He highlighted the need to implement many comprehensive and participatory processes at all levels, as well as a safe and conducive environment for those who have a role in promoting and defending human rights.
He added that participation in public affairs is a human right and a vital matter for leaving no one behind.
Marri stressed that the sustainable development goals can only be achieved in a safe and conducive environment for participation in policy planning, implementation and evaluation, pointing to the critical role of national human rights institutions in supporting countries to build bridges of more comprehensive and effective participation in their societies.
He stressed the importance of ensuring that human rights are at the core of the new culture of governance shaped by the current changes.
Marri noted that the UN General Assembly recently called on all countries to establish and strengthen national human rights institutions as a means to accelerate and ensure progress within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.