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Global Human Rights Governance from the Perspective of Community of Common Destiny: On Some Human Rights Issues Faced by the Community of Common Destiny of the Human Race
March 14,2017   By:CSHRS
Global Human Rights Governance from the Perspective of Community of Common Destiny: On Some Human Rights Issues Faced by the Community of Common Destiny of the Human Race
 
-- CAO Zhijian delivers a speech on the 34th session of the Human Rights Council

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CAO Zhijian (left 2), Deputy Director of Foreign Language School, Southwest University of Political Science and Law
 
The theme of my speech today is Global Human Rights Governance from the Perspective of Community of Common Destiny, in which I will discuss some challenges to global human rights. 
 
First, though, please clarify a concept: what is the community of common destiny in the context of global human rights? 
 
To put it in simpler terms, this concept implies one home for all people in the world. About two thousands years ago, Chinese philosophers fondly imagined a world where people live in perfect harmony and love strangers as if they were their family members. In this sense, the concept of a community of common destiny overcomes all sorts of differences in human society and targets the greatest possible benefits for all. 
 
Firstly, a global Community of Common Destiny calls for equality. In the age of economic globalization and technological innovation, the world is becoming a community, in which one's destiny is closely linked to that of another. Events occurring in one region of the world are likely to have an impact on other regions of the world as well, whether such an impact is intended, desirable, beneficial or otherwise. 
 
Therefore, in order to avoid vicious zero-sum games, it is necessary for all nations of the world to work together for a better future. In this process, equality is crucial, because it ensures that different nations will have a fair share of power in shaping the world.
 
So it is fair to say that our future lies in the hands of all nations -- and equally for that matter -- and all nations should pursue dialogues rather than confrontations, and forge partnerships instead of alliances. In the course of pursuing equal partnerships, China is actively participating in the reform of the global governance system, so as to change the unreasonable and unjust aspects of the system. This, we believe, will play a positive role in improving human rights.