Commission on Human Rights
Sixty-First Session
- Item 19 Advisory services and technical cooperation in the field of human rights -

by H.E. Ambassador Doru Costea
Permanent representative of Romania

Geneva, 18 April 2005

Mr. Chairman,

Romania believes it is very timely to address the matter of the assistance all of us can provide in practical terms for building national and regional human rights infrastructures. It is our own example that we want to put forward. And it is two-fold.

Romania has been both a recipient and a provider of international cooperation programs focused on the incorporation of international human rights standards into national laws and policies.

The cooperation activities that Romania has implemented over the years jointly with the United Nations human rights mechanisms, special procedures and treaty bodies added value to our policies and their recommendations developed into concrete actions. We understand to give back from what we have learned and to share good practices and experiences.

At the invitation of the Government of the Republic of Georgia, an International Mission of Experts, which was set up under the auspices of the Community of Democracies and coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, paid a visit to Georgia, in February 2005. The final report of the Mission is available to the delegations.

The goal of the Mission of the Community of Democracies was to provide democratic assistance to the agencies of the Georgian Government and to the organizations of the civil society. It was a follow up to the Seoul Plan of Action adopted by the Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies (Seoul, Republic of Korea, 10 - 12 November 2002). Throughout this exercise we enjoyed the assistance of the UNDP.

The Mission members were divided in six thematic sub-groups, in keeping with their expertise: parliamentary and elections reform; freedom of expression; integration of minorities; conflict resolution; local governance; and European and Euro-Atlantic integration. The meetings in Tbilisi were opportunities to share with the Georgian counterparts lessons learned and opinions on ways of enhancing the democratic institutions and good governance in Georgia. Recommendations were made based on entirely open and constructive dialogues and all participating states are looking forward to their follow-up.

Senior officials from the MFA, including H.E. Salome Zourabishvili, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, participated in the final evaluation meeting of the CD Mission. The Georgian Minister underlined that the Georgian Cabinet carefully consider actions for implementing the recommended measures. The Members of the CD Mission acknowledged the Georgian Government's positive and open attitude and their commitment to the values and principles of democracy and good governance.

Ladies and Gentlemen

This is just one example where states and UN agencies have sought to identify common grounds for future projects, on bilateral or multilateral terms, among the states, institutions and civil society organizations. We believe that the success of this democratic exercise should encourage us, in whatever framework, to learn from it and replicate it.

Thank you

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