Q. Money is no excuse. The cost of human rights action, or climate action, is really very little, compared to the terrible destruction and cost of inaction.

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Money is no excuse. The cost of human rights action, or climate action, is really very little, compared to the terrible destruction and cost of inaction. 

It is the principles of human rights that build more stable, more peaceful and more adaptable societies. With dialogue, cooperation, and respect, they are a detailed guide through the unpredictable challenges of future events. Whether they involve transformations of the digital landscape or the prospect of violence, human rights principles and law have been constructed to protect humanity from danger. 

Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Statement at Commencement ceremony at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York, 19 May 2019

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