Get involved Vol 22, No. 12 - December 2018

Stand up for human rights and inclusive development!

Everyone is “entitled to participate in, contribute to, and enjoy economic, social, cultural and political development, in which all human rights and fundamental freedoms can be fully realized,” the UN Declaration on the Right to Development proclaimed in 1986.

The right to development belongs to everyone, individually and collectively, with no discrimination and with full participation. It improves “the well-being of the entire population and of all individuals on the basis of their active, free and meaningful participation in development and in the fair distribution”. Ahead of and beyond Human Rights Day on 10 December, stand up for human rights and inclusive development!

The right to development puts people at the centre of the development process, and embodies that the human rights principles of equality, non-discrimination, participation, transparency and accountability as well as international cooperation, can guide our responses to a series of contemporary issues and challenges.

All of us can promote inclusive development and defend human rights.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that affirms the basic rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.

As the international community is gearing up towards celebrating Human Rights Day on 10 December and the 70th year anniversary, here are some ways to get involved.

  • Commit to #standup4humanrights: pledge to make the principles of the Universal Declaration a reality in your daily life and to always #standup4humanrights! Make the commitment here.
  • Promote and engage: raise awareness of what the UN Declaration on Human Rights means in everyday life and show how it empowers us all including vulnerable groups such as older persons, persons with disabilities and indigenous peoples. For example, launch an advocacy campaign to advance the rights of persons with disabilities in your country!
  • Record your video: record yourself reading one of the 30 articles of the Declaration in any of the 144 languages currently available on this site and share your video with your friends. Learn more and find video messages here.
  • Spread the word on social media: Help us give visibility to the fundamental principles of the right to inclusive development and human rights by sharing your posts and your stories. Use the hashtag #StandUp4HumanRights.

For more information:

Human Rights Day

UN DESA’s Division for Inclusive Development

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