Statement by the Group of 77 and China by Pakistan Second Session of the Inter-Governmental Group of Expert (IGE) on Financing for Development (FfD) Geneva, 7-9 November 2018

Mr. President, H.E. Minister Paul Oquist (Nicaragua), Ms. Isabelle Durant, Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD, Mr. Richard Kozul-Wright, Director, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, UNCTAD Excellencies, Distinguished panelists and participants,   Mr. President, I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the Group of 77 and China. The second session of the…

Statement by the Group of 77 and China Agenda Item 6: Report on UNCTAD assistance to the Palestinian people

Mr. President, Ambassador Salim Baddoura (Lebanon), Secretary-General, Mr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Minister of National Economy, State of Palestine, H.E. Ms. Abeer Odeh, Excellencies, Distinguished colleagues,   I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the Group of 77 and China. I would like to thank the Secretary-General and his team for the report…

Statement by the Group of 77 and China Agenda Item 5: Investment for Development Sixty-Fifth Session of the Trade and Development Board (Part-II) Geneva, 1-4 October 2018

Mr. President, H.E. Ambassador Salim Baddoura (Lebanon), Mr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD Mr. James Zhan, Director, Division on Investment and Enterprise Excellencies, Distinguished Colleagues,   I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the Group of 77 and China. We thank Director James Zhan for the presentation of the 2018 World…

Statement by the Group of 77 and China Agenda Item 4: Economic Development in Africa Sixty-Fifth Session of the Trade and Development Board (Part-II) Geneva, 1-4 October 2018

Mr. President, H.E. Ambassador Salim Baddoura (Lebanon), Mr. Paul Akiwumi, Director of the Division on Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes, Excellencies, Distinguished Colleagues,   I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the Group of 77 and China. We thank the Secretariat for preparing its report highlighting the activities carried…

Statement by the Group of 77 and China Agenda Item 3: Interdependence and development strategies in a globalized world Sixty-Fifth Session of the Trade and Development Board (Part-II) Geneva, 1-4 October 2018

  Mr. President, H.E. Ambassador Salim Baddoura (Lebanon), Mr. Richard Kozul-Wright, Director, Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, Excellencies, Distinguished delegates,   I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the Group of 77 and China. We thank the Secretariat for the presentation of Trade and Development Report 2018 and appreciate the…

Statement by the Group of 77 and China to be delivered by the Chairman of the Group of 77 and China in Geneva H.E. Ambassador Farukh Amil (Pakistan) Agenda Item 2: Evaluation and review of UNCTAD implementation of the quadrennial conference outcome Sixty-Fifth Session of the Trade and Development Board (Part-II) Geneva, 1-4 October 2018

Mr. President, Ambassador Salim Baddoura (Lebanon), Secretary-General, Mr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Distinguished colleagues,   I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the Group of 77 and China. I would like to thank the Secretary-General and his team for the detailed report highlighting the Secretariat’s role and contribution in the implementation of mandate…

39TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Remarks by Pakistan for Clustered ID with Special Rapporteur on Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) 19 September 2018

Mr. President,   We thank the Special Rapporteur and the Experts on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for their valuable reports and briefings. Pakistan considers all basic human rights to be inalienable, indivisible and interdependent and they must be equally guaranteed for all for ensuring ‘Human Dignity’. The constitution of Pakistan guarantees fundamental rights for…

39TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL General Debate – Agenda Item 4 – Human Rights situations that require Council’s attention Statement delivered by Mr. Tahir Andrabi, Deputy Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations (18 September 2018)

Mr. President Pakistan wishes to highlight disturbing thematic trends and specific situations across the world that requires attention of this Council. Amongst thematic trends, we are worried at rising chauvinistic nationalism growing scale of xenophobia, racial discrimination and anti Muslim sentiments created by extremist political parties and their leaders who deliberately target the weak, the…

39TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Statement by Pakistan for Clustered ID with FFM on Myanmar 18 September 2018

Mr. President, We thank the members of the Fact Finding Mission for their hard work and the report. Pakistan is gravely concerned at the findings of the Fact Finding Mission’s report. We concur with the FFM in noting that the extreme vulnerability or Rohingya Muslims and other minorities is a consequence of State policies and…

39TH SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL General Debate Agenda item-4: “Human Rights Situations that require Council’s attention” Statement on behalf of the OIC 18 September 2018

Mr. President,             The OIC in its statements under Agenda items 2 and 3, has highlighted a number of situations that require attention of this Council.   The OIC wishes to reiterate its serious concerns on rising intolerance against migrants and minorities, fed by racism and populism practiced by mainstream political parties. The OIC…

39TH SESSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Interactive Dialogue with Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar Statement on behalf of the OIC delivered by Pakistan (18 September 2018)

Mr. President, We thank the Members of the Fact Finding Mission (FFM) for presentation of this report. The OIC remains deeply concerned at the deteriorating human rights situation of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. The findings of the final report of the FFM on Myanmar are devastating. Such inhumane treatment of a minority population, because…

Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan at the General Debate (agenda item 3): “Protection and Promotion of all Human Rights, civil political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development” at 39th Session of the Human Rights Council (14 September 2018)

Mr. President, All human rights are equal and indivisible, to be treated with similar attention and emphasis. The Right to self determination, enshrined in the UN Charter and other International Covenants, is at the root of the realization of all these rights. In the last seven decades, Right to self determination galvanized the drive of…

Statement by the OIC in the General Debate Agenda item 3: “Protection and Promotion of all Human Rights, civil political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development” (39th Session of Human Rights Council) 14 September 2018

Mr. President, OIC Member States reiterate that all human rights are equal and should be treated with similar focus and attention. The OIC advocates non-politicization of the Human Rights Council for promotion and protection of all human rights. Selectivity and double standards delegitimize the global human rights agenda and tarnish the lofty ideals that we…

Pakistan’s statement delivered by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in Geneva during the Clustered Interactive Dialogue with the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention 39th HRC Session (12 September 2018)

Mr. President,                 We support the work of the two Woking Groups. Being a parliamentary democracy, with free media, independent judiciary, and vibrant civil society, Pakistan is fully committed to the fulfilment of its international obligations and promotion and protection of all human rights and has taken a number of steps to investigate and remedy…

Pakistan’s statement delivered by Qazi Saleem, Second Secretary, Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the UN in Geneva during the Clustered Interactive Dialogue – Working Group on use of mercenaries and Special Rapporteur on Hazardous wastes 39th HRC Session (12 September 2018)

Mr. President, We thank the Special Rapporteur on Hazardous wastes for the presentation of his report. Human rights are universal and must be respected by all. Everyone has the same right to safe and healthy work, regardless of income, age, gender, ethnicity, race, religion or status. It is the responsibility of the States to ensure…

Statement by Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Agenda Item-2: of ID with High Commissioner delivered by OIC Coordinator, Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan 39th Session of the HRC (Geneva, 11 September 2018)

Mr. President,             On behalf of the OIC, I thank the High Commissioner for her report and the oral update   The OIC welcomes Madam Michelle Bachelet in her new role and appreciate her oral update. She confronts global human rights challenges in the context of deteriorating democratic values, ongoing and protracted conflicts, forceful…

Statement by Ambassador FarukhAmil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan at the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council under Agenda Item 2: “Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General” (11 September 2018)

Mr. President,             We thank High Commissioner Michele Bachelet for her report and the oral update. We welcome her leadership of the OHCHR. She has rightly drawn our attention to the continuing conflicts and crises across the global and the need to work towards permanent solution of such conflicts, thereby easing human rights and…

Second Session of the CCW Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, 27-31 August 2018 Agenda item 6(d): Possible options for addressing the humanitarian and international security challenges posed by emerging technologies in the area of LAWS in the context of the objectives and purposes of the Convention without prejudging policy outcomes and taking into account past, present and future proposals (29 August 2018) Statement by PAKISTAN

Mr. Chairperson,   Let me begin by once again commending your professional and skilful chairmanship of the GGE this week.   We associate ourselves with the statement delivered by the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) earlier today and would like to reinforce and add a few points in our national capacity.   Mr. Chairperson,               Although…

Second Session of the CCW Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, 27-31 August 2018 Agenda item 6(b): Further consideration of the human element in the use of lethal force; aspects of human-machine interaction in the development, deployment and use of emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems (28 August 2018) Statement by PAKISTAN (Delivered by Usman Jadoon, Counsellor)

Mr. Chairman,   Pakistan believes that the absence of human control over weapons with autonomous functions will fundamentally change the nature of war. Any weapon that delegates the power to make life and death decisions to machines, which inherently lack compassion and intuition, would be unethical. They will make war even more inhumane.     …

Conference on Disarmament Plenary Meeting, 28 August 2018 Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil Permanent Representative of Pakistan

Madam President,   I would like to begin by congratulating you on assuming the Presidency of the CD. You can count on my delegation’s full support and cooperation.   We thank you for circulating the first draft of the CD’s Annual Report right at the start of your presidency last week. The draft is structured…

Second Session of the CCW Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, 27-31 August 2018 Agenda item 6(a): Characterization of the systems under consideration in order to promote a common understanding on concepts and characteristics relevant to the objectives and purposes of the Convention (27 August 2018) Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil Permanent Representative of PAKISTAN

Mr. Chairperson,   I would like to begin by reiterating our appreciation for the manner in which you have chaired this GGE. You can rest assured of my delegation’s continued support and cooperation. We thank you for the informal consultations undertaken in preparation for this meeting.   We also thank the ICRC and civil society…

Conference on Disarmament Plenary Meeting (7 August 2018) Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil Permanent Representative of Pakistan

Mr. President,   Since this is my first time taking the floor under your Presidency, allow me to begin by congratulating you on your appointment as the President of the Conference on Disarmament. You can rest assured of my delegation’s full support and cooperation.   Since you have asked us to discuss at the plenary…

Conference on Disarmament (CD), Subsidiary Body 1 (Cessation of the Nuclear Arms Race and Nuclear Disarmament) (2 August 2018 – morning session) Statement by Pakistan Delegation (Delivered by Usman Jadoon, Counsellor)

Mr. Coordinator,   We appreciate the manner in which you have been chairing this Subsidiary Body and thank you and your team for all the hard work that has gone into it. We are grateful for your letter dated 23 July 2018, outlining a structure along with some guiding questions. We also found very useful…

Conference on Disarmament (CD), Subsidiary Body 1 (Cessation of the Nuclear Arms Race and Nuclear Disarmament) (2 August 2018 – afternoon session) Statement by Pakistan Delegation (Delivered by Usman Jadoon, Counsellor)

Mr. Coordinator,   In accordance with the work plan circulated by you, I have asked for the floor to address the issue of nuclear risk reduction measures. As noted by you, this topic was also discussed in Subsidiary Body 2 on the “prevention of nuclear war, including all related matters”.   The SSOD I in…

Conference on Disarmament (CD), Subsidiary Body 2 (Prevention of nuclear war, including all related matters) (29 June 2018) Statement by Ambassador Farukh Amil Permanent Representative of Pakistan

Mr. Coordinator,               We appreciate the manner in which you have chaired the meetings of Subsidiary Body 2 on the “prevention of nuclear war, including all related matters”. My delegation has participated actively and contributed substantively during the deliberations.   The discussions held so far revealed once again the wide divergence of views on…

Conference on Disarmament (CD), Subsidiary Body 2 (Prevention of nuclear war, including all related matters) (28 June 2018) Statement by Pakistan on the Issue of Verification (Delivered by Usman Jadoon, Counsellor)

Mr. Coordinator,             Before delving into the elaboration of our comments on the issue of verification of a future treaty dealing with fissile materials, let me emphasize that our views on the specific treaty elements such as verification should be seen in the context of a Fissile material Treaty (FMT) that covers existing stocks,…

Conference on Disarmament (CD), Subsidiary Body 2 (Prevention of nuclear war, including all related matters) (28 June 2018) “Measures Including Legal Instruments” Statement by Pakistan Delegation (Delivered by Usman Jadoon, Counsellor)

Mr. Coordinator,   Let me emphasize that our views on the specific treaty elements such as definitions, verification, and legal and institutional arrangements should be seen in the context of a Fissile material Treaty (FMT) that covers existing stocks, and not on a Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT) that is envisaged to ban the future…

Conference on Disarmament (CD), Subsidiary Body 2 (Prevention of nuclear war, including all related matters) (27 June 2018) Statement by Pakistan on the Issue of Scope (Delivered by Usman Jadoon, Counsellor)

Mr. Coordinator,             The discussions held so far in this Subsidiary Body revealed once again the wide divergence of views on almost all issues related to a ban of the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons. Above all, the aspects that are the most fundamental for any treaty, that is, its objectives and…

The 65th Annual Session of the Trade and Development Board Geneva, 25 June 2018 Item 5, Economic Development in Africa Report 2018: “Migration for Structural Transformation” Statement by the Chair of the Group of 77 & China in Geneva Ambassador Farukh Amil of Pakistan

Mr. President, Secretary-General/Deputy-Secretary-General Distinguished colleagues,   I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the Group of 77 and China. At the outset, the G77 and China would like to commend UNCTAD Secretariat for the issuance of the Economic Development in Africa Report 2018 subtitled “Migration for Structural Transformation” which is a…

Ambassador Farukh Amil,  Permanent Representative of Pakistan at the General Debate (agenda item 3):  “Protection and Promotion of all Human Rights, civil political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development” at 38th Session of the Human Rights Council (25 July 2018)

Mr. President, Pakistan views all human rights as equal and indivisible, to be treated with similar attention and emphasis. The Right to self determination is enshrined in the foundational documents of the international community – the UN Charter and other International Covenants. Without this right, all other rights are illusory.  In the last seven decades,…