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Human Rights Council 40: Explanation of Position: Economic, social and cultural rights

The UK reafirmed its commitment to economic, social and cultural rights and made clear its intention to support Action L.23.

UN Chair

Mr President,

I have the honour to explain the position of the United Kingdom on draft resolution entitled “Question of the realisation in all countries of economic, social and cultural rights”.

The UK continues to recognise economic, social and cultural rights as defined in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and we remain committed to fulfilling our obligations under the Covenant.

The UK government has been giving effect to the Covenant through a combination of legislation and administrative measures, with the aim of achieving progressively the full realisation of the rights recognised in the Covenant. The Covenant is not however incorporated into domestic law, and Article 2 of the Covenant does not require States Parties to do so. The UK government considers that its method of implementation of the Covenant fulfils the UK’s obligations under Article 2(1).

Notwithstanding these issues, we support the resolution and can join consensus.

Thank you, Mr President.

Published 21 March 2019