There can be no true development without equal human rights, says UN General Assembly President

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John William Ashe, President of the 68th session of the General Assembly speaking at a High Level Segment of the 25th Session of the Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Leaders and people around the world have been urged to work hard to create a better life for everyone, including the poorest and most vulnerable people.

The call was made by the President of the General Assembly, Ambassador John Ashe, in his address to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday.

There is need to address economic inequalities and discrimination as the components of a new development agenda are being considered, he said.

"We need to work hard and with all the necessary resources to ensure that the poorest and most marginalized and most vulnerable amongst us can have a better tomorrow and that all and not just the few can have the future we want. Let us remember that there can be no true development unless all people have access to equal human rights, democracy, dignity and freedom." (25")

Ambassador Ashe also spoke about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria which he said remained a "great concern."

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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