Inclusive development to promote peace and security

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

All countries and societies can benefit from sustainable and inclusive development, according to the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon was on Monday participating in a debate chaired by the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, on how inclusive development can promote peace and security.

The UN says development can include everyone only if all groups of people share the benefits of development and participate in decision-making.

Mr Ban said there is a growing consensus that the high levels of inequality in recent decades are socially, politically and environmentally damaging.

” Development that excludes part of the population can be socially corrosive. It can contribute to crime and create a sense of hopelessness and alienation — conditions that can breed extremism.” (0'15)

The UN chief added that post-conflict societies in particular must prioritize social, economic and political inclusion if they are to have any hope of rebuilding trust between communities.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration:  1’07″

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