“As human rights are increasingly being challenged, it is essential that the United Nations may rely on values-based regional partners such as the Council of Europe, a major multilateral player at the international level,” the Political Committee said, meeting in Paris today.
In adopting the report by Adão Silva (Portugal, EPP/CD), the committee stressed that the Council of Europe should co-operate more actively with the United Nations efforts in addressing global challenges, in particular by contributing to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – adopted by the UN in 2015 - and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve this Agenda.
“The Council of Europe can facilitate the effective translation of global sustainable development policies into concrete action at national level,” said the committee, which called on member States to fully honour their commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals. “Parliaments must also play an active role in the implementation of the SDGs, both in setting priorities and in ensuring progress, the parliamentarians said.
The committee proposed that the Council of Europe Secretary General continue promoting the mutual relevance of the Council’s activities and the 2030 Agenda, and recommended that the Committee of Ministers find a way for the Organisation to be represented ”in a visible and coordinated way” at the UN Headquarters in New York.
The United Nations, for its part, should draw greater benefit from the Council of Europe's experience of human rights, parliamentary democracy and related standards, according to the adopted text.
Finally, the committee proposed that the Assembly regularly review the implementation of SDGs and fully play its role as a platform for exchanging national good practice.“The Assembly should strengthen the parliamentary contribution and dialogue with the United Nations, focusing on the complementarity between the Council of Europe and the United Nations, including with its agencies based in Geneva and Vienna”, the parliamentarians concluded.