Romania says MDGs must be rooted in human rights

13:39, September 23, 2010      

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Romanian Prime Minister Emil Boc on Wednesday said that without the basic tenets of human rights, "the crucial Millennium Development Goals that we review today will not have a solid ground to be rooted in."

The statement came as Boc addressed a high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly on the status of the eight anti-poverty MDGs.

"Achieving gender equality, health, universal education or clean environment is not only a matter of resources but also of putting the building blocks of human rights and democracy in place, " he said.

Underscoring the interdependence between the MDGs, Boc said human rights were essential to the fulfillment of the goals. " Ignoring or sidelining the basic principles of human rights breeds violence and poverty."

"We will not have a stable world and we will not be up to the challenges facing us without upholding some of the values that have proved their benefits for the well-being of humanity: fundamental freedoms and democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights," he added.

Established by the UN Millennium Declaration in 2000, the MDGs include time-bound targets for reducing extreme poverty and child mortality rates, fighting disease epidemics and promoting gender equality, education and environmental sustainability by the year 2015.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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