Statement by Ambassador Feda Abdelhady-Nasser, Deputy Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations, before the General Assembly High-level Event on the Contributions of Human Rights and Rule of Law in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, New York, 9 -10 June 2014:

 At the outset, I wish to thank you, Mr. President, for convening this “High-Level Event on the Contributions of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Post 2015 Development Agenda”, and to express our appreciation for your active efforts to explore the inter-related aspects relevant to the post-2015 development agenda in a coherent, holistic manner and your strong commitment to promoting sustainable, and attainable, development goals for all.

Mr. President,

The State of Palestine supports the inclusion of the rule of law and respect for human rights as foundational principles in the post-2015 development agenda, based on a profound belief that they are among the main keys to ensuring peaceful, stable, economically and socially-empowered, resilient and prosperous societies.  In the specific case of Palestine, we firmly believe that they also constitute the keys to ending the occupation and injustice the Palestinian people have been subjected to for decades, comprehensively resolving the conflict, achieving freedom, human rights and justice for our people, and establishing peace and security.  [Read more...]