Secretary-General Says Twenty-fifth Anniversary of Declaration Provides Occasion for Recommitting to Making People-centred Development Reality

2 December 2011
SG/SM/13990-DEV/2927

Secretary-General Says Twenty-fifth Anniversary of Declaration Provides Occasion for Recommitting to Making People-centred Development Reality

2 December 2011
Secretary-General
SG/SM/13990 DEV/2927
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General Says Twenty-fifth Anniversary of Declaration Provides Occasion

 

for Recommitting to Making People-centred Development Reality

 

Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s statement on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Declaration on the Right to Development:

The twenty-fifth anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development is an occasion to celebrate its visionary promise of people-centred development and to recommit to making this a reality.

Today we are at a decisive moment in history.  As calls for change echo across the world, we cannot take refuge in silence.  Leaders must respond to the demands of people who seek to build their own future.  They should especially work to help women and youth enjoy lives of dignity, equality and opportunity.

Global challenges and crises are interconnected.  Economic, social and environmental concerns are inseparable.  And human rights are integral to them all.  That is why we are placing sustainable development at the top of the international agenda.  Next year’s United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, “Rio+20”, will offer a critical opportunity to chart a course to the future we want.

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