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UN declares 20 February as World Day of Social Justice

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Recognizing the need to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion and unemployment, the United Nations General Assembly has decided to observe 20 February annually – starting in 2009 – as the World Day of Social Justice.

In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 192-member body also invited Member States to devote the Day to promoting activities at the national level in support of the objectives and goals of the 1995 World Summit for Social Development, held in Copenhagen.

Governments meeting at that Summit pledged to make poverty eradication, the goal of full employment and the fostering of social integration overriding objectives of development.

This text is from the UN News Centre

Download The ‘REPORT OF THE WORLD SUMMIT FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT’ (1995), held in Copenhagen (pdf file):