Delegate: Mr. Sandoval Mendiolea
105. Mr. Sandoval Mendiolea (Mexico), speaking as a youth delegate, in a pre-recorded video statement, said that, in the light of a pandemic that demonstrated the complex interconnectedness of the world, States must renew their commitment to multilateralism, international cooperation and human rights. COVID-19 had exacerbated major challenges to humanity, in particular to the most vulnerable, and had affected the full enjoyment of fundamental rights and freedoms. In the current session, Mexico would therefore reaffirm through its actions the principles of the universality, interdependence, indivisibility and progressiveness of human rights. His country had benefited from its close collaboration with the universal system of human rights and, in that regard, reaffirmed its openness to international scrutiny.
106. His delegation had noted with concern in recent years an apparent polarization in the work of the Committee, which Mexico believed stemmed from a false dichotomy between national sovereignty and human rights. They were not opposing concepts: protecting human rights was a way of exercising sovereignty. International cooperation would need to be promoted in order to strengthen the capacities of all States in that regard. The Committee was a space in which to advance the international human rights agenda. His delegation would continue to promote the rights of all persons in vulnerable situations, including women, children, persons with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual persons, indigenous peoples, Afrodescendents, older persons, refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants.
107. Mexico was proud to have a feminist foreign policy, which sought to put gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls at the centre of its diplomacy. Global recovery from the pandemic would only be effective if policies incorporated a gender and human rights approach. To conclude, Mexico reaffirmed its commitment to eradicating racial discrimination, xenophobia, hate speech, hate crimes and misinformation.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/76/SR.1