11 Jan, 2017

Dollars and Sense: How – and why – the private sector needs to stand up for human rights

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- Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights In a few days, when hundreds of leaders from politics, business and the media convene in Davos to ponder global challenges, the prospect of shattering turbulence will be their backdrop. A harsh public backlash against such ruling élites has fuelled upsets which promise sweeping

28 Nov, 2016

Around the World, Activists Call for an End to Violence Against Women

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UNITED NATIONS, New York – Violence against women and girls is one of the world’s most pervasive human rights abuses. But a global chorus of voices is calling for change.  Today is the start of an international campaign, 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, which mobilizes leaders, communities and individuals around the world to end the

25 Nov, 2016

First Human Rights Forum Focuses on Role of Youth in Public Decision-Making

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Hundreds of youth activists, representatives from youth organizations, UN and government officials gathered at the United Nations Office in Geneva on November 21-22 to attend the first-ever Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law. It is often said that the younger generation is disengaged from politics. We disagree. https://t.co/ziACERhFDy #youthdecide #ForumHRDem pic.twitter.com/Irdlhz9s25

21 Nov, 2016

Call to Civil Society Organizations to Apply for Funding

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The United Nations Democracy Fund invites civil society organizations to apply for project funding. Project proposals may be submitted on-line between 18 November 2016 and 18 December 2016 at www.un.org/democracyfund. You can find guidelines, FAQs and lessons learned for applicants here.  UNDEF supports projects that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and

27 Oct, 2016

UN Human Rights Forum on Role of Youth in Public Decision-Making

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For the first time, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is organizing a Forum on the role of youth in public decision-making. The Forum will take place on November 21-22, 2016 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The United Nations Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law

23 Sep, 2016

Human Rights Council Holds Panel Discussion on Youth and Human Rights

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22 September 2016- The Human Rights Council during its midday meeting held a panel discussion on youth and human rights in order to identify challenges, best practices and lessons learned in the exercise of human rights by young people, as well as relevant opportunities for the empowerment of youth in the exercise of their rights.

14 Sep, 2016

Human Rights Council Appoints Alhendawi as Co-Chair of Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law

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Geneva, September 14, 2016 - The Human Rights Council has announced the appointment of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, as the co-chair of the Council’s first Forum on Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law that will take place in Geneva. The Forum will be convened for the first time on

17 Feb, 2016

Strengthening networks of women leaders with disabilities on humanitarian action

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From UN Women  Women leaders with disabilities from the Network of African Women with Disabilities (NAWWD) representing 10 African countries, and refugee women with disabilities met in Nairobi, Kenya from February 11-12 to participate in the workshop "Enhancing the Network's Humanitarian Advocacy at Regional and Global Events". “Women and girls are already discriminated against by

9 Dec, 2014

Join a global community in celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights!

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In 1950, the United Nations General Assembly declared 10 December to be the International Human Rights Day. This day marks the day commemorating the date on which the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming its principles as the “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.” This year,

24 Oct, 2014

Youth campaign for human rights on United Nations Day

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The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) is celebrating United Nations Day, 24 October, by asking youth – what human rights issues are most important to you? The #ImpactHRYouth youth campaign for human rights invites young people to create signs which identify their priorities on human rights issues, and share their message in a