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The EU's commitment to effective multilateralism, with the UN at its core, is a central element of its external action. As a UN observer with enhanced status, the EU delegation coordinates with its 28 Member States to speak with one voice. The EU also works closely with the UN secretariat and its agencies, funds & programmes, partnering on a range of global issues and challenges.

Mr. Chairman,

On behalf of the European Union and of the acceding countries to the EU, I have the honour to take the floor on the draft resolution entitled “Globalisation and its impact on the full enjoyment of all human rights” contained in document L.77.

The European Union is not convinced that Globalisation has an impact on all human rights. Many human rights and fundamental freedoms, such as the freedom from torture, the right to a fair trial, the right to recognition as a person before the law, and the freedom of religion and expression, are not affected by globalisation. Moreover the interdependence and the indivisibility of human rights do not imply that a violation of one human right leads to the violation of all human rights.

The EU acknowledges that globalisation can have implications on the enjoyment of various human rights, positive ones as well as potentially negative ones. However, this resolution does not address what the effects of globalization on the enjoyment of human rights are. Generalised assertions do not contribute to the debate on the effective promotion and protection of human rights or to the work of the Third Committee in general.

The European Union regrets that this resolution focuses on the negative aspects of globalisation and does not take into account the new opportunities offered by the global information age. The European Union is convinced that globalisation, and in particular the information and technological revolution, can contribute substantially to the promotion, respect and realisation of human rights.

The resolution does not sufficiently reflect the fact that globalisation involves a complex set of interrelated political, economic, financial, social and cultural elements. Furthermore the resolution states that there is a direct causal link between globalisation and aggravation of poverty, which we believe is not true. EU strongly believes that globalisation gives us a great opportunity for stimulating growth and prosperity all over the world. At the same time we recognize that not all countries, regions or groups of people currently benefit from the gains of an increasingly globalised world.

The European Union believes that most of the concerns of delegations on the issue of globalisation have been integrated within the context of existing resolutions and mechanisms, not least in the Working Group on the Right to Development. Therefore, the European Union will continue to discuss the issue of globalisation actively with interested parties and in the appropriate fora.

The EU strongly regrets that co-sponsors of this resolution have once again tabled the same text, without taking into account the various views on the issue, including those of the European Union. The European Union believes the resolution just approved lacks in balance and does not make a constructive contribution to the debate. The European Union strongly urges co-sponsors of the resolution to reflect seriously before tabling a similar text again at the fifty-ninth session of the GA.

For all these reasons, Mr. Chairman, the European Union voted against the adoption of this resolution.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

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