In her letter, High Commissioner Pillay reminded that all are bound by the objectives enshrined in the UN Charter, namely peace and security, human rights and development. The theme of UNCTAD XIII, she says, resonates with the mission to make human rights a reality for all.
Ms. Pillay pointed to the 1986 UN Declaration on the Right to Development which she says "presents a development paradigm aimed at the improved well-being of all people, including through free, active and meaningful participation in development; equitable distribution of the benefits of development locally and globally; and promoting an equitable international order in which all human rights can be realized."
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights goes on to say: "Development will be inclusive and sustainable only when those who tend to be excluded have full participation in development. We must give a voice and allow for policy space for the concerns of poor, vulnerable and marginalized individuals and groups."
Download: Letter of UN Human Rights Commissioner