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General Assembly commemorative plenary meeting on Human Rights Day 2008

On this year’s Human Rights Day, the General Assembly will hold a plenary meeting comprised of two consecutive interactive panel discussions. It will also include the award ceremony of the UN Prize in the Field of Human Rights.

A brief declaration will be adopted by consensus (following the open informal consultations held on 4-5 December with Members States and the co-facilitators).

The Prize recipients will hold a press conference at 5 p.m. in Room S-226.

Commemoration programme


On 20 March 2008, the General Assembly decided by its resolution 62/171 to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at a plenary meeting to be held on 10 December 2008 with the participation  of Member States at the highest level possible. 


The President of the 63rd session of the General Assembly appointed five co-facilitators to pursue consultations on the modalities of the commemorative meeting: