Roben X, rapper and activist, greets participants of an event commemorating Human Rights Day (10 December) in Geneva. UN Photo/Violaine Martin
Theme: Youth Standing Up for Human Rights
After a year marked by the 30th anniversary celebrations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which culminated on 20 November, 2019, our plan is to capitalise on the current momentum and spotlight the leadership role of youth in collective movements as a source of inspiration for a better future.
Under our universal call to action "Stand Up for Human rights," we aim to celebrate the potential of youth as constructive agents of change, amplify their voices, and engage a broad range of global audiences in the promotion and protection of rights. The campaign, led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), is designed to encourage, galvanise, and showcase how youth all over the world stand up for rights and against racism, hate speech, bullying, discrimination, and climate change, to name a few.
Youth participation is essential to achieve sustainable development for all.
Participation in public life is a fundamental principle of human rights. Young people are seeking to participate in all decisions that have a direct and indirect impact upon their wellbeing. They need to be heard to inform more effective decision-making and achieve sustainable development for all.
Youth can play a crucial role in positive change.
Young people have always been major drivers of political, economic and social transformation. They are at the forefront of grassroots mobilizations for positive change and bring fresh ideas and solutions for a better world.
Empowering youth to better know and claim their rights will generate benefits globally.
Young people are often marginalized and encounter difficulties in accessing and enjoying their rights because of their age. Upholding their rights and empowering them to better know and claim them will generate benefits globally.
Never too young to change the world
Youth participation is essential to achieve sustainable development for all
Youth can play a crucial role in positive change
Empowering youth to better know and claim their rights will generate benefits globally
Human rights are relevant to all of us, every day
Our shared humanity is rooted in these universal values
Equality, justice and freedom prevent violence and sustain peace
Whenever and wherever humanity's values are abandoned, we all are at greater risk
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all
We need to stand up for our rights and those of others
This year, on Human Rights Day, we celebrate the role of young people in bringing human rights to life.
Globally, young people are marching, organizing, and speaking out:
For the right to a healthy environment…
For the equal rights of women and girls…
To participate in decision-making…
And to express their opinions freely…
They are marching for their right to a future of peace, justice and equal opportunities.
Every single person is entitled to all rights: civil, political, economic, social and cultural. Regardless of where they live. Regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, social origin, gender, sexual orientation, political or other opinion, disability or income, or any other status.
On this International Day, I call on everyone to support and protect young people who are standing up for human rights.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights' Message
Raising our voices is essential to the creation of a future of peace, justice and sustainable development. And this has been a year of tremendous activism – notably by young people.
In every region, people are working for hope.
From the accelerating climate crisis to the fight against inequality and repressive institutions.
From the right to make informed decisions about our own bodies to the right to participate in defining policies for our countries.
I am inspired by the courage, clarity and principle of the women, men and young people who are rising up peacefully, to create greater freedom and justice.
Their voices are the living expression of human rights – a movement that is fundamentally about building dignity and equality for everyone.
Policy-makers everywhere need to listen to these calls. And in response, they need to shape more effective, more principled policies.
We have a right to live free from discrimination on any grounds. We have a right to access education, health-care, economic opportunities and a decent standard of living.
This is about our future, our livelihoods, our freedoms, our security and our environment.
We need to mobilise across the world–peacefully and powerfully – to advance a world of rights, dignity and choice for everyone.
With renewed determination, we all need to stand up for human rights.
General Assembly President's Message
For more than seventy years the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to -- regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language or other status.
Human Rights are the foundation of peace, development, and justice and are at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The theme of the 2019 Human Rights Day is: Youth Standing Up for Human Rights.
The active engagement of youth in all facets of life is central to achieving inclusive and stable societies.
We have to utilize the idealism of youth and empower them to stand up for equal rights and fair treatment of everyone everywhere.
Human rights are for everyone.
We need to ensure that youth have the right to participate in decision-making and have their voices heard.
As President of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, I have chosen quality education and inclusion among my priorities.
Access to inclusive quality education empowers youth to better know and claim their rights.
As Malala Yousafzai says:
“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution.”
As we end the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence today, I commend the contributions of women human rights defenders worldwide for their dedication to upholding our human rights.
Everyone has the right to be safe and be treated with dignity. Across the world, 1/3 of teens experience bullying, in person or online. Youth activists across the world are standing up when people are harassed or mistreated, fighting to protect the rights of others.
Young people are powerful. Follow their lead and #StandUp4HumanRights.
There are estimated 45,000 Members of Parliaments worldwide, but only 2% are under 30 years old. Even though young people are among those most affected by the economic, social and environmental challenges facing the world today, they are not adequately represented within their governments.
Youth have the right to participate in decision-making and have their voices heard.
Youth are standing up for equal rights and fair treatment of LGBTI people everywhere. Close to a third of the world’s countries criminalize same-sex relationships. This leads to widespread discrimination against LGBTI people and threatens their basic rights.
Human rights are for everyone – no matter who you are or whom you love.