2016 Events

New York

To mark International Human Rights Day on 10 December, OHCHR is organizing an event on Friday 9 December (1-3 pm) at the Roosevelt House at Hunter College, where Eleonore Roosevelt worked on the draft of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Holding the commemoration at this symbolic location would help create an opportunity to reconnect to the message of this key document as “a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.”

The event will comprise a keynote address by the Deputy Secretary-General, a panel discussion and a Q&A session followed by a reception.

Journalists, Human Rights experts, and activists will be on the panel and discuss this year’s theme.

The Q&A session will be an opportunity for participants in the audience (Member States, media and society representatives, Hunter college students and UN colleagues) to join in the debate.

There will also be a screening of a short video message by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the UN Chamber Music will provide a short musical programme.


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.