Contributions of human rights in development a focus of a high-level event at UN

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Afaf Konja, Spokesperson for John Ashe, President of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The role of human rights in supporting an inclusive people-centred  development agenda is being discussed at a meeting convened by the President of the General Assembly in New York on Monday.

Senior government officials and representatives of UN agencies and civil society organizations are attending the high-level event on the "Contributions of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Post 2015 Development Agenda".

Afaf Konja, the Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly, says the two-day event is aimed at setting the stage for the post-2015 development agenda.

"The high-level event will examine how human rights, including the right to development (and) the rule law at the national and international levels can support an inclusive people-centred development agenda. This event will offer participants the opportunity to exchange their experiences and lessons learned regarding the treatment of human rights and the rule of law in a development context, including for the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals, the MDGs" (27").

The MDGs are a set of targets set by world leaders in 2000 to achieve by 2015 including in eradicating extreme poverty, achieving universal primary education and promoting gender equality.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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