Ban: The provision of social justice is a must for a fairer world
The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his message for the World Day of Social Justice on 20 February, said that in many places, only a few people have access to increasing opportunities for a decent life and many people still suffer from the rising inequality.
New Horizons - Ban stated in his message that “growing inequality undermines the international community’s effort in lifting millions out of poverty and building a more just world”.
Ban stressed that “falling wages for women and young people and limited access to education, health services and decent jobs are the fault lines that will cause a global catastrophe.”
He added that “we must strengthen and build institutions and develop policies that promote inclusive development.”
He reminded that in adopting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), world leaders have committed to create a more equal and just world.
Much progress has been made in enhancing decent work opportunities, strengthening social protection and improving public services since 2000.
At the end of his message, he noted that “despite these advances, billions of people desperately depend on our focused and tireless efforts. We must accelerate our work to meet the MDGs by the 2015 deadline and also look beyond by beginning to define new goals for sustainable development”.