UN human rights council closes its 36th session with resolutions on various topics
September 30,2017 By:Xinhua
GENEVA, Sept.30,2017-- The UN Human Rights Council on Friday closed its 36th regular session adopting a number of resolutions concerning the human rights of peasants; racism and racial discrimination, national human rights follow-up systems and other rights topics.
By a vote of 34 votes in favour, two against, and 11 abstentions, the Council decided that the open-ended intergovernmental working group on a UN declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas would hold its fifth annual session for five working days before the 38th session of the Human Rights Council in June of next year.
In a resolution titled "From rhetoric to reality: a global call for concrete action against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance", the Council welcomed the convening of regional meetings organized by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to effectively implement the program of activities of the International Decade for People of African Descent.
Concerning the enhancement of technical cooperation and capacity-building in the field of human rights, the Council decided that the theme for the annual thematic panel discussion to be held during its 38th session will be "Human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals: enhancing human rights technical cooperation and capacity-building to contribute to the effective and inclusive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development".
On promoting international cooperation to support national human rights follow-up systems, the Council invited States to gradually increase their voluntary contributions to the UN Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation in the Field of Human Rights and other relevant trust funds.
The 36th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council kicked off here on Sept. 11 and lasted for three days. The 37th regular session of the Council will be held from Feb. 26 to March 23 of the year 2018.