Today February 20, World Day for Social Justice (WDSJ) is being observed around the globe with the
theme “Ending human trafficking and forced labour”. On the occasion of WDSJ-2015, UN chief, Ban Ki-
moon, in his message said that the scourge of human trafficking and the plight of approximately 21
million women, men and children in various forms of modern slavery were the main concern in modern
times and there was a need to strengthen global efforts to punish perpetrators of this scourge with
According to UN, Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence
within and among nations. “World Day for Social Justice comes at a pivotal moment for people and our
planet. Around the world, there is a rising call to secure a life of dignity for all with equal rights
and respect for the diverse voices of the world’s peoples. At the core of this movement lies the need
for social justice,” added Ban in his message.
Ban urged the world community to strive to build a world of social justice where all people can live
and work in freedom, dignity and equality. It is quite true that no nation can achieve development for
all if those who are socially and economically exploited were left behind. stressing the need for a new
set of sustainable development goals, Ban called upon the world community to do their utmost to
eradicate all forms of human exploitation.