Human rights and fundamental freedoms-the lifeblood of the UN: Ban

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

There is a still a long way to go to realize human rights and fundamental freedoms which are the lifeblood of the United Nations, says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

In a video message to a high-level panel discussion commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action in Geneva on Monday, Mr. Ban said that "in too many places and for too many people, human rights and the rule of law are but a distant dream."

"Human Rights and fundamental freedoms are the lifeblood of the United Nations. Since the Organization was founded, Member States and civil society partners have worked to build a body of human rights instruments that can uphold the principles of the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Two decades ago, the adoption of the landmark Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action advanced our efforts to strengthen human rights work around the world." (32")

Mr. Ban said the panel to commemorate the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action is an opportunity to reflect on commitments made over the years.

He urged the participants to ask what actions need to be taken now and implemented fully.

Secretary-General Ban stressed that "only when the inherent dignity and equal rights of all members of the human family are truly respected can we expect freedom, justice and peace in this world."

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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