Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the Asian Forum on Human Rights, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, today:
I am pleased to greet the Asian Forum on Human Rights, and I commend the Government of Uzbekistan for convening this event.
As the world marks the seventieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, I welcome this Forum’s focus on the intrinsic links between human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Indeed, the 2030 Agenda [for Sustainable Development] goes hand in hand with the Universal Declaration, which recognizes the dignity of every person and the equal rights of women and men, and which proclaims a broad range of rights – civil, political, economic, social and cultural.
Bringing these ideals to life requires leadership, institutions, transparent governance and inclusive dialogue. Today’s presence of civil society representatives and other stakeholders is a welcome step. In that spirit, I wish you fruitful discussions.