Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the New UN Commissionner

"We must therefore persevere together until we bend the course of humanity’s future into a destination more hopeful and enlightened, in which human decency is the only currency of human interaction, and is valued above and beyond material wealth or cleverness alone. »

"Context and history are also important, and in this vein I welcome the panel discussion on historical memory being organized by the Cuban delegation during this session. » 

"I encourage the Council to strengthen its constructive engagement with civil society actors, and to ensure that their voices can be raised safely and without reprisals. »

"However, the Millennium Development Goals were blind to inequity and incomplete: it has become clear that the new goals must integrate the human rights agenda, including the right to development across the board. "