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Statement by the representative of the Russian Federation at the meetings of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam conventions (BRS) on the BRS Programme of Work and Budget

The Russian delegation would like to emphasize that the interim budget is to be approved for only one year on an exceptional basis due to the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. We call for providing comprehensive financial information when considering the draft programme of work and budget of the BRS for 2022-2023 which is to be considered in June 2022 during the face-to-face COPs session. The Russian delegation has no objection to the adoption of the proposed programme of work and budget for 2022, as well the supplementary budget for 2022, to finance the activities carried over from 2020-2021 from savings. Furthermore, all subsequent budgets should, as before, be approved for the biennium during the face-to-face COPs session in order to ensure transparency of the budgetary process and planning efficiency.

Statement of the Representative of the Russian Federation on the side event on human rights situation in the West

The Russian Foreign Ministry closely monitors the human rights situation around the world, including in Western countries. The post of MFA Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law was created exactly for this reason. Within his mandate the Commissioner presents on a regular basis thematic reports drawing attention to the increasing number of human rights violations in countries around the world. The most recent report was released just yesterday. Despite the legal mechanisms created and functioning within the framework of the UN, the OSCE and the Council of Europe that deny, condemn and do not allow the glorification of Nazism, racism, xenophobia and related intolerance, in a number of countries we are witnessing widespread dissemination of racist ideas and values. We see a growing number of xenophobic and racist manifestations, outbursts of aggressive nationalism, chauvinism, and other forms of racial and religious intolerance in countries on both sides of the Atlantic. The authorities of these countries justify their inaction with regard to manifestations of intolerance by hypocritical references to the allegedly absolute nature of the right to freedom of expression. In addition, the authorities of some states are beginning to use these manifestations as a pretext for cracking down on legitimate political opponents.

47th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on peaceful assembly Joint Statement on violations of freedom of assembly in the Western Europe and the United States of America 1 July 2021

In most Western European countries as well as in the USA mass anticoronavirus demonstrations also brought about a number of long-standing problems while authorities’ reaction on them was mostly extremely violent and brutal. Water cannons, mounted police, pepper spray, police dogs were used this spring in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, Austria and in the USA. In the United Kingdom the new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill expanded the powers of the police, allowing it to restrict even peaceful demonstrations. Peaceful protests against the Bill were suppressed by force, like it happened in Manchester and in Bristol this March. Moreover, the riots in the Northern Ireland provoked by the dissatisfaction of certain groups of the population with the conditions of Brexit have been going on unabated for several months now.

Statement by H.E. Mr. Sergey LAVROV, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, at the Virtual High-level Event under the auspices of UNCTAD “Harnessing Inter-Regional Integration for SDGs”

Our world today is facing many challenges. The negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the global socio-economic landscape is aggravated by political factors such as the rise in confrontation, centrifugal trends in multilateral trade, the abuse of protectionist measures, the use of illegitimate unilateral restrictions. There is an escalation of various contradictions between states, which may have the most serious consequences for the world economy. We are witnessing the fragmentation and destruction of well-established cross-border cooperation chains. The well-being of people is being damaged, the prospects for global economic growth are being undermined, and therefore the opportunities for effective implementation of the development goals, including those of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Agenda 2030), are being put at risk. The choice of the UNCTAD as a platform for discussing these pressing issues seems to be warranted. Such an event is particularly relevant in the context of the preparations for the forthcoming 15th UNCTAD Ministerial Conference, one of the most important objectives of which, in our view, is to forge a broad unifying global agenda on trade and development for the near future.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

For the purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19 infection, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2021 will take place in compliance with recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and Rospotrebnadzor, the Russian Federal Service for Oversight on Consumer Rights Protection and Welfare. If all prevention measures are complied with, attending the Forum will be safe for everyone.