Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States

Contributions of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

NEW YORK, 9 June 2014

STATEMENT BY H.E. Karel J.G. van Oosterom, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations. “The Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage! High Level and Thematic Debates of the President of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly.” Sixth Session: “Contributions of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Post-2015 Development Agenda”


Mr. Chair,

Thank you for organizing this important and timely debate

The Netherlands aligns itself with the statement made by the EU and by Austria on behalf of the Group of Friends of the Rule of Law.

In 2005 we concluded: no development without peace, no peace without development, no human rights without all of the above.

In the post-2015 agenda we should build on this important interdependence.

This is also what our people expect from us. The survey by the UN “The World We Want” shows that human rights, justice and security are a high priority. 

Our people realize that sustainable development, eradication of extreme poverty and ending hunger are only possible with Rule of Law, peaceful societies and resilient states with stable institutions.

Therefore Mr. Chairman, in our view, the post-2015 agenda should include goals and targets on governance, rule of law, peace, stability and justice for all. 

It is essential that all goals and targets are fully consistent with human rights standards and Rule of Law principles to make sure that no one is left behind. 

We usually state that The Kingdom of the Netherlands is your partner for peace, justice and development. We want to be a partner in sharing expertise and experience in these areas with other countries and the UN system. 

Together, we will be able to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty and jointly formulate a truly sustainable post-2015 development agenda.