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Protection of the Rights of Life and Health in the context of COVID-19 Pandemic {Online Side Event HRC48}

28 September 2021 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM CEST


Protection of the Rights of Life and Health

 in the context of COVID-19 Pandemic

Online side-event of the 48th Session of the Human Rights Council


Dear colleagues,

Greetings from United Nations Association of China (UNA-China).

UNA-China and Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations at Geneva will co-host a side event of the 48th session of the Human Rights Council on protection of the rights of life and health in the context of COVID-19 pandemic from 16:00-18:00 (Beijing time) on September 28, Tuesday. The meeting will be organized in a hybrid format of on-site/on-line participation, with English as the working language. It will be open to the public around the world. Please find attached the annotated agenda (tentative).

Meeting platform: ZOOM (download link:
Meeting ID: 935 1575 5002
Password: 976896

UNA-China would like to invite you to participate in the online side event.

Look forward to your participation.

Best regards,


United Nations Association of China



Annotated Agenda

United Nations Association of China

Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations at Geneva

(16:00 – 18:00 September 28, 2021, Beijing time)

The global spread of COVID-19 poses grave threat to the lives and health of people around the world. Rights of life and health are fundamental human rights. The protection of human rights is the primary responsibility of governments. Facing a serious epidemic, how should governments protect its people’s lives and health, in particular the vulnerable groups, including the elderly, women and children, to ensure that people’s lives are put first and all people are treated equally and without discrimination?

COVID-19 vaccination offers hope of ending the pandemic. The COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility aims to accelerate the development and production of vaccines, and guarantee equitable and fair access to every country. However, this aim is facing serious challenges. Some countries are hoarding and monopolizing vaccines, resulting in negative impact on global immunization. How should the nature of COVID-19 vaccine be defined? How should the international community work together to fight off the effect of vaccine nationalism and overcome the immunization gap? How to improve the effectiveness of COVAX so that it can play its role?

The novel coronavirus origin tracing is a scientific issue, which should be jointly conducted by scientists and medical experts around the world to draw scientific conclusion based on facts and evidence. Worryingly, the origin tracing is being politicized. This not only interferes with the normal work of scientific research institutions, casts a shadow over the world deeply affected by the epidemic, but also is detrimental to the protection and promotion of rights of life and health. At present, global coordinated and scientific response are vital to end the epidemic at the early date.

The meeting will focus on the thoughts and ideas guiding the protection of lives under pandemic, equitable distribution of vaccines and scientific origin tracing of virus. We hope this event will contribute to global solidarity against the COVID-19 pandemic.

16:00 – 16:15  Opening Remarks  

  • Hu Wenli, Vice-President and Director-General of United Nations Association of China
  • Jiang Duan, Minister of the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Other International Organizations in Switzerland

16:15 – 16:20  Video on China’s contribution to the global fight against

the COVID-19 pandemic                                                  

16:20 – 17:20  Presentations (10 minutes for each speaker)

     List of Invited Speakers

  • Tom Zwart, Professor of Cross-cultural Law at Utrecht University and Director of the Cross-cultural Human Rights Centre of the Free University of Amsterdam
  • Zhang Wei, Professor and Co-Director of the Institute for Human Rights, China University of Political Science and Law
  • Peter Herrmann, Research Fellow at the Human Rights Center, Law School at the Central South University and Member of the European Academy of Science and Arts
  • Peng Yixuan, Research Fellow of Institute for Human Rights Law, Huazhong University of Science & Technology
  • Maria Francesca Staiano, Coordinator of the Center on China Studies of the International Relations Institute of National University of La Plata (IRI-UNLP, Argentina)
  • Gary Wong Chi-him, Board Member of Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies

17:20 – 17:40   Free Discussion

17:40 – 17:50   Concluding Remarks

  • Hu Wenli, Vice-President and Director-General of United Nations Association of China


28 September 2021
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM CEST


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