UN calls for the upholding of individual human rights, choices

Philipa Jaja

United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Mr Edward Kallon has said it is vital to consider the
importance of rights and choices for each and every individual.

Speaking at State of World Population Report and World Population Day, Kallon choices and rights made the cornerstones of a just and equitable society.

“They empower individuals with the freedom of expression, the right to life, liberty, and security. They ensure equal opportunities, regardless of one’s gender, race, religion, or socio-economic background.

“As we envision a world where eight billion lives coexist, it becomes imperative to protect and uphold these fundamental rights, creating an environment that allows each person to flourish,” he said.

He added: “Choice is another key element that underpins a world of infinite possibilities. When individuals
have the freedom to make decisions about their bodies, their futures, and their well-being, society as a whole benefits.

Access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning, is essential in
this context.

“It empowers individuals to decide if, when, and how many children to  have, enabling women to pursue education, career opportunities, and participate fully in the social and economic fabric of their communities.

“By acknowledging and supporting the rights and choices of individuals, we unlock the potential within our global population,” Kallon said.

2023 marks the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) providing an opportunity for the United Nations to put the spotlight on human rights across the globe.

In Zimbabwe, the 75th anniversary of the UDHR provides an opportunity for the United Nations and stakeholders in Government, civil society, and business sector to rekindle the hope of human rights for every person.

Leave a Reply