61st Annual DPI/NGO Conference
UNESCO
Paris, 3 - 5 Septembre 2008

Live Webcast

September 2008

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Wednesday, 3 September 2008

10:00 - 12:30 - Opening session

Opening Session Conference Room UNESCO

[ Segment - English Video ] [ Segment - French / English Video ] 1 hour and 42 minutes

[ Press release in English ] [ Press release in French ]


United Nations Welcome:


Koïchiro Matsuura Koïchiro Matsuura, Director General, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

[ English ] [ French ] 18 minutes

Kiyo Akasaka Kiyo Akasaka
Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, United Nations

[ English ] [ French / English ] [ French (audio only) ] 9 minutes
[ French / English ]

Host Country Welcome:

Rama Yade Rama Yade
French Deputy Minister in charge of Foreign Affairs and Human Rights

[ English ] [ French ] 17 minutes [ French ]

Opening Addresses:

Ban Ki-moon Ban Ki-moon
Secretary-General, United Nations (via video message)

[ English ] [ French (audio only) ] 2 minutes [ English ]

Srgjan KerimSrgjan Kerim
President of the 62nd session of the General Assembly, United Nations (via video message)

[ English ] [ French (audio only) ] 4 minutes [ English ]

Bacre Ndiaye Bacre Ndiaye
Director, Division of Human Rights Council and Treaties, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

[ English ] [ French / English ] [ French (audio only) ] 14 minutes
[ French / English ]

Keynote Address:

Simone Veil Simone Veil
Former French Minister of State

[ English ] [ French ] 17 minutes [ French ]

NGO Welcome:

Shamina de Gonzaga Shamina de Gonzaga

Chair of the 61st Annual DPI/NGO Conference

[ English ] [ French / English ] [ French (audio only) ] 10 minutes

15:00 - 16:15 - Round table 1: Upholding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

"All human rights are universal, indivisible and interdependent and interrelated." (Article 5, 1993 Vienna Declaration)

[ Segment - English Video ] [ Segment - French Video ] 1 hour and 16 minutes

[ Press release in English ] [ Press release in French ]

Round Table 1 Podium The indivisibility of human rights was affirmed by the framers of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The Declaration together with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, make up the International Bill of Human Rights. Acknowledging that the decisive achievement of the UDHR is recognition of the universality and indivisibility of all human rights for all, this round-table will highlight the achievements of the United Nations and civil society in developing practices and legal remedies that protect and promote the full spectrum of rights articulated in the Declaration. Panelists will discuss the crucial role and opportunities for engagement of civil society actors, particularly NGOs and human rights defenders, with the UN human rights system. They will also explore ways to increase access for diverse constituencies at the global, regional, national and local levels. The discussion will also highlight best practices for advancing accountability for human rights violations.

Moderator:

Luis Alfonso de Alba Luis Alfonso de Alba, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva

[ English ] [ French ] 13 minutes


Speakers:

Günter Overfeld Günter Overfeld, Chairman, Committee on Conventions and Recommendations of UNESCO’s Executive Board, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Germany to UNESCO

[ English ] [ French ] 7 minutes

Lee Swepston Lee Swepston, former Senior Advisor of Human Rights, International Labour Organisation

[ English ] [ French ] 3 minutes

Nassera Dutour Nassera Dutour, Spokesperson, Collective of the Families of the Disappeared in Algeria; and Chair, Euro-Mediterranean Federation on Forced Disappearances

[ English ] [ French ] 8 minutes

Karel Vasak Karel Vasak, Initial Contributor to the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Former Legal Adviser to UNESCO

[ English ] [ French ] 13 minutes


Additional comments, questions from the floor and wrap-up:

[ English ] [ French ] 30 minutes

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