Intervention by the Permanent Representative of the Argentine Republic, Amb. Martín García Moritán
Let me start thanking the Permanent Missions of Austria and the Netherlands, as well as UNESCO, UNDP and all the other agencies and regional organizations that co-organize this timely event.
It is an honor for me to speak at this opening segment as Argentina has been a consistent supporter on addressing the links between human rights, rule of law and sustainable development and the need to reinforce the undeniable synergies between them.
This is a crucial time in the implementation and follow-up of the 2030 Agenda and therefore we have to increase all our efforts to reach the global goal of leaving no one behind.
Argentina believes that after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda it is crucial to strengthen our actions in order to mainstream a human rights perspective into national public policies, plans and programs for the implementation of the SDGs.
We consider relevant to design, adopt and implement inclusive development strategies based on the rule of law to consolidate democratic and peaceful societies.
To achieve the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda, we need the active involvement of governments, civil society and private sector, in a framework of promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms and social justice.
In this context, Argentina believes that it is vital to work with grass-root organizations to raise awareness on the importance of strengthening the partnerships among all relevant actors in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
Therefore, let me stress the satisfaction on having this space today to exchange views and discuss good practices in this area.
Since the adoption of the Agenda, our Government has implemented several programs with a view to reach the targets included in SDG16, in particular enhancing the access to Justice, focusing on legal empowerment for all, open justice policies, and better services to citizens.
The SDG 16 is a cross cutting goal and a gateway to fulfill the 2030 Agenda as a whole. Its implementation required thus coordinating actions of all stakeholders at local, national, regional and international level.
Before concluding, let me stress the honor that is for Argentina to co-chair together with The Netherlands and Sierra Leona the Task Force on Justice of the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies.
This year the Task Force presented its report on "Justice for All". I invite you all to read it as it is a useful tool to better understand the current situation and the challenges ahead.
The 2030 Agenda creates a great opportunity to build on existing commitments in order to provide a better life for all our people. We should not fail them.