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The UN Secretary-General and Linkin Park using Facebook for an online town hall meeting

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) and Grammy award-winning Linkin Park band members participate in a Facebook Town Hall meeting hosted by the UN Foundation to raise awareness and funds for Haiti through the band’s charity, Music for Relief in February 2011. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The 14th United Nations Student Conference on Human Rights took place on 1-2 December 2011, starting at 9:00 a.m. New York Time.

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The High Commissioner for Human Rights will host a global conversation on human rights through social media on Friday, 9 December at 9:30 a.m. New York time.


The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay introduced the social media campaign for Human Rights Day (10 December) at a press conference in Geneva on 1 December 2011 at 3:00 p.m. Geneva Time. Also attending the event was Tony Wright, Chairman of Lowe and Partners, the global advertising agency that provided the creative concept for the campaign. camera icon See archived webcast.

On 9 December at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, there will be a dialogue focusing on the transformational role of social media, including discussion of the extraordinary events over the past year, personal experiences of campaigners from countries in the process of change, and those working for social and cultural equity in different regions and perspectives from conventional media operators.

The events will be shown LIVE (and later archived) on the UN Webcast.

Around the world

United Nations offices around the world are partnering with civil society organisations, governments and academic institutions to commemorate Human Rights Day 2011 through a range of events.

Examples include: a seminar on human rights defenders and social media in Cairo, Egypt; social media campaigns on human rights in Mexico and Cameroon; a panel discussion in Nairobi, Kenya on the use of social media and new technologies to advocate for human rights; and a human rights film festival and concert in Yerevan, Armenia.

Join the celebration! Host your own event or join ours.