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PTI, United Nations: Underlining that the world cannot have prosperity without peace, India has told the UN
member states that terrorism is the principal threat to peace and the poor are its most vulnerable victims.
“We cannot have prosperity without peace, and the principal threat to peace now is terrorism. The poor are the most vulnerable victims of terrorism, not least because conflict leads to devastation,” minister of state for external affairs MJ Akbar said here on Thursday.
Speaking at a high-level segment on Right to Development, he said the challenge of the 21st century is to seek peace in all its dimensions and there is no peace greater than peace of mind. “Food, shelter and an economic future are fundamental human rights. They must become the new normal in every corner of the globe,” he said.
Akbar stressed that the developed world must help make global governance more democratic and equitable while nation states do all within their powers to bring education, healthcare, sanitation, housing, employment to their peoples, the international community, especially.
He said there is need for new mechanisms such as a Special Rapporteur on the Right to Development to strengthen the work of the Human Rights Council on the Right to Development particularly in the context of 2030 Agenda with a view to strengthening international cooperation on this issue.
Noting that while there has been a decline in the number of people living in extreme poverty, the pace of aspiration has also quickened in the 21st century and the hundreds of millions still trapped in dire poverty do not merely want progress but development also.
“They cannot eat statistics. Piety on paper is not much help to a child in desperate need of medicine in a village hundred miles outside the zone of medical care.