NGO UNESCO Liaison committee

NGO International Conference

NGO UNESCO Liaison committee - NGO International Conference

International Day of Human Rights

ONE THOUSAND YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN 18 AND 35
INVITED TO UNESCO
On 6 March 2014 in UNESCO’s main meeting Room
from 11:00 AM to 18:00 PM
on the occasion of the International Humain Rights Day

“THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS (UDHR) IS 65”
on the theme “ACT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS”

An international day reflecting cultural diversity

EDUCATION, SPORT AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY: NEW ATTITUDES TO PROMOTE HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE WORLD 

“Article 31: Act for Human Rights”, the title of the day will enable 10 young people from 5 continents to come to UNESCO Headquarters to share their action to promote human rights. They were selected by an independent jury to be presented during the United Nations International Day in December that is the 65th anniversary of the adoption on 10 December 1948 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The fundamental objective of this Day is to show that, although much has been accomplished to implement the UDHR, much still remains to be done and the enthusiasm, inventiveness, and creativity of young people are the proof that everyone can contribute. “Yes, we can” has thus been taken up as the link between all the efforts for a better and more just world with respect for human rights and related values. The 10 projects that have been selected are listed in annex.

DAY OPENED IN THE PRESENCE OF ANDREA AGNELLI

Andrea Agnelli, President of Juventus of Turin, will participate in the ceremony and will be accompanied by 50 young people and a football star. This is to show how sport can contribute to the sharing of universal values and be a means to combat all forms of racism just as the non-governmental organizations, whether they are international or local, try to do with young people around the world.

AN INFORMATIVE AND CELEBRATORY DAY DEVOTED TO IMPLEMENTATION OF THE UDHR

The informative part of the day will presented by 10 young people working on projects from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific, the Arab Region and Europe-North America. Each participant will illustrate the project with a video to make it more concrete and emphasize the slogan “Yes, we can”. However, since the jury considered all the more than 30 projects submitted such high quality, everyone will receive a certificate of recognition.

The Day will also be festive. Presentation of projects will alternate with various cultural activities offered by groups often from abroad, all relating to the promotion of human rights. Dance, singing and music will enliven this 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the struggle against all forms of discrimination.

This Day is organized by a group of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO, in close cooperation with the Organization.