NEW YORK, 20th December 2015 (WAM) — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon called for solidarity to challenge all those who stoke what he described as “unfounded fears” and said too many have fled violent extremists only to be victimised again by xenophobia, discrimination and abuse. He said helping the vulnerable elevates us all.

In a message on the occasion of the International Human Solidarity Day, Mr. Ban said the spirit of global solidarity, which world leaders showed by adopting the historic 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and signing the Paris Agreement on climate change, “must now inspire our collective response to other major challenges facing humankind.”

World leaders, he added, expressed their resolve to seek shared progress and prosperity based on a spirit of global solidarity… These achievements were driven by two complementary goals: to leave no one behind, and to build a life of dignity for all.”

“This is especially true in addressing plight of the record number of people around the world forced from their homes and communities. Far too many have fled violent extremists only to be victimised again by xenophobia, discrimination and abuse. We must collectively challenge all those who stoke unfounded fears.”

With diversity under verbal and violent attack in so many parts of the world, let us make the most of International Human Solidarity Day by reaffirming our common humanity, defending our shared values and creating a better future for all, the UN secretary-general added.

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