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UN General Assembly Social, Humanitarian & Cultural "Third" Committee

The Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, based in New York, is concerned with social, cultural and humanitarian issues that affect people globally and focuses a large part of its work on human rights questions. An important part of its work is the examination of reports of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council.

The Committee also discusses questions relating to the advancement of women, the protection of children, indigenous issues, the treatment of refugees, the promotion of fundamental freedoms through the elimination of racism and racial discrimination, and the right to self- determination. The Committee also addresses important social development questions such as issues related to youth, family, ageing, persons with disabilities, crime prevention, criminal justice, and international drug control.

Ireland plays an active role at the Third Committee, through the negotiation of resolutions and the delivery of statements and interventions. Please see below for recent statements and interventions delivered by Ireland at the Third Committee.

Key Statements and Interventions delivered by Ireland