“International solidarity will save our planet and lead to shared prosperity”

Message by the United Nations Independent Expert on Human Rights and International Solidarity, Virginia Dandan, to mark the International Human Solidarity Day, 20 December 2012

GENEVA (20 December 2012) – "The time has come for all of us – peoples and nations – to stand side by side to face the challenges we must surmount together to extricate ourselves from poverty and inequality, and save our planet from destruction. Leaving behind anyone on the path to peace and development is a denial of human rights.

"International Human Solidarity Day is a good occasion to reflect on the benefits we can derive from the interconnectedness and interdependence among peoples and nations. I call on all stakeholders to affirm our common humanity by participating in building a global partnership that will enable us to accomplish long standing development goals in the post-2015 development agenda.

"Meaningful poverty eradication require more concerted initiatives for preventing the occurrence of further economic crises and for developing more sustainable social protection systems. We must ensure that such systems are designed to provide universal coverage based on partnerships and solidarity rather than charity, to protect the most vulnerable and marginalized from economic, social and environmental shocks before they happen. We know that the world has the necessary resources and skills to eradicate poverty and to put an end to inequality.

"Over the past decades we have seen progress in global efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, and have collectively made commitments to deal with climate change, the greatest challenge confronting our generation. The UN climate change conference recently held in Doha will be remembered as the first time that rich nations made historic pledges that developing countries will receive funds for “loss and damage from climate change.”

"Innovative ways of financing for development and social inclusion are important initiatives in global partnerships and the most effective and successful practices should be shared and even replicated at whatever levels they can be undertaken, from the international to the community levels. Solidarity economies have been making important contributions to sustainable livelihoods and social protection worldwide, and play an important role in empowering people to realize human rights.

"Shared prosperity is the new solidarity that the world needs today and must shape the new architecture for sustainable development. It should be based not only on financial benefits but also on the sharing of best practices, knowledge and solutions to assist other countries facing similar difficulties in overcoming obstacles to their development and the enjoyment of human rights."


Virginia Dandan was appointed Independent Expert on human rights and international solidarity in June 2011 by the UN Human Rights Council. She is independent from any government or organisation. Learn more, visit: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Solidarity/Pages/IESolidarityIndex.aspx
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