New York – Information Office – 19 December
The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution submitted by the State of Qatar on the Doha-based United Nations Center for Training and Documentation in the Field of Human Rights for South-West Asia and the Arab Region, by 188 votes out of 193 votes.
The resolution which was submitted by the State of Qatar and backed by Oman, Kuwait, Morocco, US, Algeria, Lebanon, Libya, Tunisia, Yemen, Mauritania, Australia, Turkey, Bolivia, El Salvador, Cameroon, Eritrea, Antigua and Barbuda, Niger, Nigeria, Venezuela and Kiribati noted with appreciation the successful assistance provided by the United Nations Center for Human Rights Training and Documentation for South-West Asia and the Arab Region through capacity-building activities in the field of human rights, technical assistance programs, training programs on topics related to human trafficking, human rights and media vehicles, human rights and diplomacy, human rights education and training, as well as police training on human rights, support to national human rights institutions and conducting regional consultations on the themes of United Nations human rights mechanisms.
In its resolution, which was abstained by Syria, the UN General Assembly welcomed the report of the Secretary-General of the United Nations stating that resources from the regular budget of the United Nations had been allocated to strengthen the Center's staffing and thus enable it to respond to requests for training and documentation in a more timely and appropriate manner and help fill gaps in the level of expertise and appropriate training materials in Arabic.
The General Assembly also reiterated the role of the Center as a source of expertise at the regional level and the need to meet an increasing number of requests for training and documentation, in different languages including Arabic.
The UN General Assembly pointed that the increasing demand for Center's activities by Member States and other stakeholders reveals a growing recognition of its role and impact in strengthening human rights capacities in the region.