Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (February 18, 2009) - Speech of Neal Walker, United Nations Resident Coordinator, delivered during the Conference on Social Justice Day.
Your Excellency, Vice Prime Minister Ms. Abdullaeva;
Your Excellencies, Mister Ombudsman and Members of Parliament;
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am very pleased to celebrate with you the UN World Day of Social Justice. It is a particular honor for me as it was Kyrgyzstan’s initiative with the UN General Assembly that led to the resolution declaring 20 February the UN World Day of Social Justice, which we are celebrating today for the first time ever. Because of the importance of the topic and because there are many different entry points on what Social Justice means, I would ask your patience while I work through some of the ideas that the team here in the United Nations House of Kyrgyzstan have put together.