Navi Pillay calls for integration of human rights in development

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UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay

Human rights should be a part of the discussions and final outcome of the upcoming conference on sustainable development known as Rio+20 to be held in Brazil in June this year.

That recommendation comes from UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay.

She says a strong message at the end of the conference which integrates environmental, social, economic, and human rights elements, will do much in helping to create "a world free from fear and from want."

Dianne Penn reports.

Ms. Pillay has called on all countries to commit to ensuring full coherence between their human rights obligations and efforts to advance the green economy.

In a statement on Wednesday the Human Rights chief said for Rio+20 to be a success, its outcome must ensure that explicit human rights safeguards are in place.

She noted that there are numerous examples of projects which promoted sustainable development yet seriously impinged on the rights of vulnerable communities, resulting in landlessness, homelessness and economic dispossession.

"Simply put", she said, "participatory, accountable, non-discriminatory and empowering development is more effective, more just and ultimately more sustainable."

The Rio+20 conference will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 20-22 June.

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