NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 09 (IPS) – On 10 December every year, we celebrate Human Rights Day, marking the anniversary of the adoption of the generic statement of Human Rights. The universal statement guarantees a spectrum of human rights that belong to every of us equally, and unite us as a worldwide group and upholds our humanity.
This year, 2020, has been one in all exceptional challenges and has underscored the need for renewed action to promote and give protection to human rights. The COVID-19 pandemic has validated societies throughout the globe, and set back human rights positive factors and progress towards the Sustainable building goals. In Kenya, the multi-faceted influences of the pandemic – on gender equality, fitness, schooling, livelihoods, rule of law and the economic system – have tested efforts by means of the govt, United nations, construction companions and civil society to bring on the 2030 Agenda, vision 2030 and the large four development agenda, and challenged us to make sure that we leave no one at the back of.
The disaster has hit the poorest and most inclined communities the toughest, and entrenched present inequalities, discrimination and human rights challenges. Gender-based violence has skyrocketed; loss of employment and livelihoods have put additional strain on households; the correct to schooling is in danger for a lot of infants, certainly ladies; and inequalities in entry to water, satisfactory housing and fitness functions have heightened vulnerabilities.
in this context, the theme of Human Rights Day 2020 is “recover stronger – stand up for Human Rights”, highlighting the deserve to construct back stronger from the COVID-19 crisis with the aid of putting human rights on the heart of restoration efforts. here is a call to action and for team spirit of aim to tackle discrimination, handle inequalities, inspire participation and unity, and promote sustainable construction for the advantage of all.
as the United nations Secretary-regular, Mr. António Guterres, as soon as remarked, “The pandemic has proven the fragility of our world”. The crisis has exposed and exacerbated deep inequalities, entrenched discrimination and gaps in human rights coverage. handiest measures to shut these gaps and increase human rights can ensure we thoroughly recover and construct again a world that is extra resilient, just and sustainable.
COVID-19 has created an opportunity to construct returned a more equal and sustainable world – according to a “new social contract” that respects the rights and freedoms of all, and addresses the inequalities exposed with the aid of the pandemic. This “new social contract” – uniting Governments, the individuals, civil society and private sector – is the only approach that we are going to meet the Sustainable building goals.
in this Decade of action to bring upon the Sustainable construction desires by means of 2030, it’s critical to prioritise participation and inclusion, to make sure that we depart no one in the back of. a hit COVID-19 healing efforts require the robust participation of civil society and inclusion of communities, to make certain the voices and priorities of the most affected, prone and marginalised inform the restoration efforts. Public participation is a key tenet of the charter of Kenya, and has a key role to play within the COVID-19 healing.
It is obvious that this pandemic cannot be surmounted with the aid of a single actor. it’s against this backdrop that the United nations nation crew and the government of Kenya, according to the motto Umoja ni Nguvu (cohesion is strength), have identified strategic areas of cooperation and engagement under the United international locations building assistance Framework, as smartly because the Socio-financial Response Plan, that goal COVID-19 recovery wants and proceed the trajectory towards the Sustainable construction dreams. here is underpinned by means of a human rights-based strategy that prioritises equality and non-discrimination, participation and inclusion, and accountability.
The COVID-19 pandemic has proven that we are all in this together – and unity is the only means ahead. everyone has a role to play in building a far better publish-COVID world for latest and future generations, and we must harness the energetic participation of communities, civil society, inner most sector, executive and the foreign neighborhood.
On this Human Rights Day, let us all commit to stand up for Human Rights to build returned a greater equal and sustainable society that advances the rights and freedoms of all. This cohesion of purpose will pave the way to assembly the Sustainable construction goals and delivering upon Kenya’s vision 2030.
Siddharth Chatterjee is the United countries Resident Coordinator in Kenya
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