Deputy head of World Bank stresses importance of law for equity

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Anne-Marie Leroy. Photo: Deborah Campos / World Bank

Law matters as a tool for achieving equity, according to the legal Vice-President of the World Bank, Anne-Marie Leroy.

Speaking at the 7th session of the World Urban Forum in the Colombian city of Medellín, she said that law shapes our cities, the land use, the institutions and the finance.

She said that law is a tool but policy comes first.

"You must get your policy right first. Law is a tool that will help you achieve equitable cities, for instance, setting rights through public services and enforce those rights and help people to have them enforced."

She also said that the  rule of law does not only apply to States, it also applies to cities.

"It is also law that will allow people to have their property rights recognized, have their economic activity respected, enforced and protected by the court. "

Anne-Marie Leroy pointed out that cities generate more than 80 per cent of the world 's GDP

Emma Reverter, United Nations, Medellín, Colombia.

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