Inequality can breed crime, disease, hamper economic growth: Ban

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In Namibia a woman collects water for her family's needs. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Social justice is a key ingredient of a peaceful sustainable world for all humankind, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday in remarks at an informal General Assembly thematic debate on Inequality.

The Secretary-General cautioned that "societies where hope and opportunity are scarce are vulnerable to upheaval and conflict".

He said "Social and economic inequalities can tear the social fabric, undermine social cohesion and prevent nations from thriving.

” Inequality can breed crime, disease and environmental degradation and hamper economic growth. If inequalities continue to widen, development may not be sustainable. That is why equity is emerging as a central plank in discussions on the post-2015 development agenda. Reducing inequality will need transformative change. We need solutions to the economic and financial crises that will benefit all – An inclusive approach to sustainable development. “

Secretary-General Ban called for greater attention to empowering women in the home, the marketplace and the corridors of power, adding that gender inequality is a major driver of poverty.

He said tackling inequality, eradicating poverty and promoting shared prosperity must be at the heart of the UN sustainable development agenda.

And he urged "Lets us work to ensure equality of opportunity for all".

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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