Around the World
Events and outreach activities were conducted by UN Information Centres and partners from civil society, government and academic institutions in Accra, Antananarivo, Asunción, Brazzaville, Brussels, Canberra, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Jakarta, Lagos, Lima, Lusaka, Moscow, Nairobi, New Delhi, Ouagadougou, Port of Spain, Rio, Tokyo, Vienna, Warsaw, and Yerevan.
Read more about events around the world.
10 December 2013 Celebration in New York
- 13.00 Sport Comes Out Against Homophobia
with tennis legend Martina Navratilova, NBA basketball player Jason Collins and Human Rights activists Thandeka Mkhuma, Hida Viloria, Anastasia Smirnova, moderated by MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts
- 15.00 General Assembly Meeting
Ceremony to award the United Nations Prizes in the Field of Human Rights for 2013; with Vice-President of the General Assembly H.E. Mohamed Khaled Khiari, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General H.E. Jan Eliasson, and President of the Human Rights Council H.E. Remigiusz Achilles Henczel
- 16.30 Interactive Panel Discussion
with the 2013 Human Rights Award Winners, moderated by Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović
- 17.30 Theatre Piece ‘A propósito de la duda’ / ‘For the Sake of Doubt’
Bilingual (English-Spanish) performance by 20 students from Ithaca College about human rights abuses during the military dictatorship in Argentina 1976-83, with Permanent Representative of Argentina H.E. María Perceval
- 18.30 Reception with Musical Performance
with Deputy Permanent Representative of Austria Andreas Riecken and the Daedalus Quartet
Human Rights: The Next 20 Years
The UN Human Rights Office in Geneva held a full-day event at the Palais des Nations on 5 December, featuring the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the President of the Human Rights Council, and numerous human rights defenders. See more information.
20th Anniversary Event in New York
The UN Human Rights Office, with the support of the Austrian government, organized a high-level 20th anniversary event on 25 September in New York to discuss achievements, shortcomings and next steps on human rights.
High Commissioner Navi Pillay and President Heinz Fischer of Austria co-hosted the event in New York. Two previous High Commissioners – Louise Arbour and Mary Robinson – were panellists leading the discussion on institutional and political obstacles to progress on human rights, and setting out a vision for the future of human rights action.
Open Day at Palais Wilson in Geneva
The UN Human Rights Office opened its Geneva headquarters, Palais Wilson, to the public on Saturday, 14 September, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The day celebrated the 20th anniversary of the creation of the UN Human Rights Office. It was also dedicated to the efforts of human rights defenders, civil society actors and staff around the world who work to fulfill the ideals of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Vienna +20 Conference in Vienna
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) co-hosted the Vienna +20 conference in Vienna, Austria on 27-28 June, with the Austrian Government to commemorate 20 years since the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights. The High-Level Expert Conference examined the legacy of the original conference and the challenges ahead. All plenary events of the Conference were webcast. The Conference report reflects the main thrust of the discussions. It has been elaborated by the Austrian hosts in close consultation with the Chairs and Rapporteurs of the Working Groups and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. To coincide with the Conference, the Human Rights Council Special Procedures held their annual meeting in Vienna on 24-25 June.