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October 23, 2014 at 1:23 am

Source: United Nations Website (Link:

9 June 2014 A new global new development agenda based on human rights and the rule of law is the surest pathway to balancing the needs of people and the planet, while eradicating extreme poverty and closing socio-economic gaps, senior United Nations officials said today.

Speaking to the UN General Assemblys high-level event on that topic, Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon reminded participants that everyone is entitled to all rights.

We have an opportunity to recognize the important role of human rights and the rule of law in reducing the vulnerability of the poor and building the future we want, he told diplomats that are working towards a sustainable development agenda after 2015, the deadline for the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Legal identity, starting from birth registration, is essential for equal access to basic services, the UN chief noted. He also highlighted the importance of secure land tenure, for example, for enhancing food security.