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 A makeshift shelter of Romanian workers in Germany © EPA/Andreas Arnold
Economic, political, and environmental inequalities are often the direct result of discrimination against particular groups, such as women, minorities, migrants, indigenous peoples or people with disabilities, said UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay
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New global development goals must fight inequality and discrimination

“We live in a world that is wealthier than ever before. Yet millions of people still struggle to feed their families. To eradicate poverty, we must address inequality,” said UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay during an event of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have galvanized progress for some, but not for all.  To bring sustainable progress for all, the new global development agenda must be based on human rights, equality and non-discrimination, Pillay said.



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 Malala Yousafzai, one of the six laureates of the 2013 UN Human Rights Prize. © UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Human Rights Prizes awarded in New York on Human Rights Day

In a ceremonial session of the UN General Assembly, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson awarded the prizes to winners of the 2013 UN Prize in the Field of Human Rights.



 Retired Czech tennis player Martina Navratilova speaks about sports and homophobia at the UN headquarters in New York. © UN Photo

Sports stars come out against homophobia

Celebrity athletes join UN leaders and rights activists at a special event co-organized by the UN Human Rights Office on the role of sports in the fight against homophobia.



HR in the news



Ivan Simonovic in Ukraine
Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović announced the immediate deployment of a UN human rights monitoring team throughout Ukraine, including Crimea, to help establish facts surrounding human rights violations.

Uganda / homosexuality
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay denounced the new anti-homosexuality law in Uganda, which she said would institutionalise discrimination and could encourage harassment and violence.

Appeal for restraint in Egypt
In the wake of escalating violence in Egypt, High Commissioner Navi Pillay calls for a prompt investigation into incidents that led to the regrettable loss of lives, and appeals on all sides to exercise restraint.

South Sudan
Fighting in South Sudan has turned into a horrifying humanitarian and human rights disaster with mass atrocities committed by both sides, says UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović at the end of a visit to the country.

Meetings and Events

From : 20-01-2014 To : 24-01-2014
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WG on Discrimination against Women in Law and Practice
From : 28-07-2014 To : 01-08-2014
New York
WG on the use of mercenaries
 

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