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United Nations Human Rights Day 2012, December 10, 2012

United Nations Human Rights Day 2012, December 10, 2012



Four Google+ Hangouts featured discussions with senior UN officials and leading experts on human rights:

22 November

Discussion on the impact of business on human rights

30 November

Discussion on the rights of persons with disabilities

4 December

Discussion on the rights of minorities

10 December

Discussion with the High Commissioner for Human Rights

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New York

The 15th United Nations Student Conference on Human Rights took place at UN Headquarters in New York on 5-7 December 2012.
camera image See archived video of the event.

A panel discussion at the Ford Foundation on 10 December featured young activists who have played a leading role in enabling the inclusion and participation of marginalized groups. The event was moderated by Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered opening remarks. A musical performance by the band Carimi from Haiti concluded the event.

panelists Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon band
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The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, hosted a Human Rights Day event on 10 December. Videos are available at webtv.un.org

Other events included a classical music performance, a video screening, and the launch of the Arabic language version of the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Around the world

Events and outreach activities were conducted by UN Information Centres and partners from civil society, government and academic institutions in Antananarivo, Athens, Beirut, Brazzaville, Brussels, Cairo, Canberra, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Dhaka, Jakarta, Lagos, Lusaka, Mexico, Moscow, Nairobi, Ouagadougou, Port of Spain, Pretoria, Sana'a, Vienna, Warsaw, Yangon and Yerevan.

Read more about events around the world.