Human Rights Day 2008

Global Projects to Celebrate UDHR60

Human Rights Day
Monday, December 10, 2007
Headquarters, New York
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This year, Human Rights Day (10 December 2007) serves as the launch of a year-long commemoration leading up to the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The theme for both the day and the year, summarizing the very essence of the Declaration, is "Dignity and justice - for all of us."

Events at UN Headquarters

Monday, 10 December: Human Rights Day 2007
Panel discussion: Digital Dignity: New Media and Human Rights
1:15-2:45 p.m., Conference Room One

A panel of bloggers, texters, filmmakers, and human rights defenders on the use of the world’s newest technologies to combat the world’s worst atrocities.
Sponsored by OHCHR the Department of Public Information (DPI)

Dialogue: All of It, for All of Us: Toward an Inclusive Human Rights Agenda
3-6 p.m. Conference Room One

Representatives of states, civil society, academia and the United Nations system will discuss new approaches to restoring a holistic vision of human rights, ensuring the promise of universality, and meeting the challenges of our age.
Presented by the OHCHR, the NGO Committee on Human Rights and the Permanent Mission of Switzerland

Cartoon Exhibit Opening: Sketching Human Rights
5 p.m. General Assembly Visitors’ Lobby
An exhibit featuring a collection of thought-provoking cartoons from a range of international cartoonists on the subject of human rights Sponsored by OHCHR and DPI.

Through mid-January 2008
Cartoon exhibit: Sketching Human Rights General Assembly Visitors’ Lobby.
Sponsored by OHCHR and DPI.

Those requiring a UN Grounds Pass should contact Ms. Dominique Bush, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, tel: 212-367-8189

Events throughout the year

The year long commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is intended to be as inclusive as possible, highlighting the role of people everywhere as the custodians and beneficiaries of the UDHR. The commemoration will encompass the UN family, the public and private sectors, media, schools, artists and other representatives of civil society throughout the world.  Below are samples of projects planned for 2008 around the world.

Internationally renowned directors film human rights. A series of 18 short films on human rights directed by award winning film-makers from different regions will be shown back to back as one medium-length feature in various locations throughout 2008, and will premier at the Rome Film Festival. The films will be distributed as Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in cinemas and television networks worldwide. This is collaboration between OHCHR, NGO Art for the World, Dorje Films, and the European Commission.

“Cartooning for Human Rights” The illustrations of the UDHR by 17 artists from Algeria, Belgium, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, France, Iran, Israel, Japan, Palestine, Russia and the United States will be exhibited in Rome on 10 December 2007. Following an original initiative by French satirical cartoonist Plantu and the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) New York, the UN Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) Brussels will lead this Human Rights Day special edition and spin-off of the Cartooning for Peace Project previously shown in Brussels, Geneva and Paris.

Human Rights training in Asia Pacific. A series of 5 human rights capacity building trainings are programmed in Asia-Pacific in 2008.These trainings are organised by the Diplomacy Training Programme, an affiliate to the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. The NGO was established in 1989 by Nobel Peace Prize laureate José Ramos-Horta to develop knowledge of human rights and the skills of human rights defenders in the region. More information on the Diplomatic Training Programme.

“Sketching Human Rights” A collection of thought-provoking cartoons from leading international cartoonists illustrating the UDHR at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The exhibition will open on 10 December 2007, Human Rights Day, and will travel to locations around the world throughout 2008. Co-sponsored by OHCHR and the Department of Public Information (DPI)

The 61st annual DPI/NGO Conference –Paris. Hosted for the first time away from New York, at UNESCO headquarters from 3 to 5 September 2008, the conference will be held under the theme “A Celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”. An initiative from the UN Department of Public Information (DPI).

Interactive dialogues on human rights - New York. A series of interactive dialogues on human rights are organised from October 2007 to December 2008. Speakers will discuss new challenges and approaches to human rights in the context of improving synergy between the United Nations in New York, the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Members States, UN agencies and civil society. These dialogues are organised by the Permanent Mission of Switzerland in New York in collaboration with OHCHR and the NGO Committee on Human Rights.

School screenings in Switzerland. A forty-minute educational documentary on human rights, “Droits et libertés tout court” (Rights and liberties… simply) will be shown in all Swiss schools on Human Rights Day to mark the beginning of the celebrations. This is an initiative of the Geneva-based World Association of Schools as an Instrument of Peace (EIP) which already screened the medium-length film at the Cinéma tout écran festival in Geneva this year. Visit the EIP for more information.

Peace Messenger Cities public discussions. A year-long campaign of public discourse of the Declaration in cities in the United States and other activities worldwide is being organised by the International Association of Peace Messenger Cities which groups 88 cities from the four corners of the world.

NGO Platform initiative in the Netherlands. A series of activities will take place all over the country on 10 December, with a joint event organised at The Hague city hall by Justice and Peace Netherlands. The theme chosen this year for the celebrations is “The Four Freedoms”.

Vienna +15. In 1993, at the World Conference on Human Rights held in Vienna, 171 countries reaffirmed their commitment to human rights by requesting the creation of a United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights mandate. The Austrian Government commemorates the 15th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Plan of Action next year.