2016 Events

New York

9 December: Discussion at the Roosevelt House at Hunter College, where Eleonore Roosevelt worked on the draft of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The event features the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, the President of the General Assembly, the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, and the President of Hunter College as well as a musical performance by the UN Chamber Music Society and a panel discussion with human rights defenders. See the programme of the event PDF document. Watch the video recording of the event.

8 December: Film night for the International Decade for People of African Descent, organized by the UN Department of Public Information in the context of the 2016 Human Rights Day and co-sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the UN and UNESCO. See the programme of the film night PDF document.


  • Facebook Live - 10 December: The High Commissioner will take part in a Facebook Live session on Human Rights Day, answering questions from around the world. Go to Facebook for more details.
  • Illuminating Human Rights: The UN Human Rights Office is a partner of the Geneva Lux Festival and will have a symbolic “Tree of Human Rights” artistically illuminated in the Old Town. In addition, the city’s iconic Jet d’eau will be illuminated in blue on 10 December.
  • Take the pledge, take a selfie: Selfie booths are set up in the days leading up to Human Rights Day in various locations of the city.


Traditionally, UN information centres and other UN offices and missions around the world are organizing events and activities in observance of Human Rights Day, including in Brazzaville, Brussels, Dakar, Dhaka, Geneva, Harare, Islamabad, Jakarta, Lagos, Lusaka, New Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, Tehran, Vienna, and Yerevan.