"This can be the year our children and grandchildren will remember as when we chose to build a sustainable and resilient future – both for Mother Earth and all those that development has until now left behind. Let us seize this historic opportunity together", Ban Ki-moon says.
Ricardo Sánchez, Officer-in-Charge of ECLAC’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Division, explains the path that the region’s countries will tread towards the global conference to be held on this issue in Brazil in November 2015 (published in ECLAC Notes Nº 83).
“Slavery persists in many parts of the world in the form of forced labour, trafficking, sexual exploitation or captivity in slavery-like conditions,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in his annual message.
“Some 750 million people -- more than one in ten of the world’s population -- remain without access to an improved water supply”, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in this annual message.
"This year’s commemoration focuses on the scourge of human trafficking and the plight of approximately 21 million women, men and children in various forms of modern slavery", Ban Ki-moon says in his message.
“The violence and bias we see every day are stark reminders of the distance still to travel in upholding human rights, preventing genocide and defending our common humanity. We must redouble our efforts to eradicate the deep roots of hatred and intolerance,” says Ban Ki-moon, United Nations' Secretary-General.
"To meet the new framework’s core objective of ‘leaving no one behind’, we must devote greater attention to the precarious situation of the world’s migrants," says Ban Ki-moon, United Nations' Secretary-General.