Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General
“The norms and values embedded in the Millennium Declaration and international human rights instruments must continue to provide the foundation for engagement, in particular the key human rights principles of non-discrimination, meaningful participation and accountability”.
Navanethem Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
"The MDGs remain feasible with adequate commitment, resources, policies and effort. A human rights approach to MDG-based strategies has an important added value as it calls for more integral strategies in addressing both immediate and structural problems, putting the rights of people at the centre, and raising the level of accountability of States both at national and international levels."
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Nelson Mandela, Nobel Prize acceptance speech, 1993
"We speak here of the challenge of the dichotomies of war and peace, violence and non-violence, racism and human dignity, oppression and repression and liberty and human rights, poverty and freedom from want."
Irene Khan, former Secretary-General of Amnesty International, 2010
"Poverty is not only about income poverty, it is about the deprivation of economic and social rights, insecurity, discrimination, exclusion and powerlessness. That is why human rights must not be ignored but given even greater prominence in times of economic crisis."
Mary Robinson, President Realizing Rights, 2010
"The MDGs have been useful in moving human rights and development discourse together and in highlighting the need for greater accountability at all levels." "