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Human Rights Day

December 10, 2017

Human Rights Day continues the celebration of the 20th anniversary with 20 YEARS: WORKING FOR YOUR RIGHTS as its theme but with the emphasis on the future and identifying the challenges that lie ahead.

Human Rights Day is held on 10 December every year, the date the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming its principles as the “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.”

Human Rights Day is celebrated globally, at the headquarters of the High Commissioner’s office in Geneva, in New York and in more than 50 other countries.


Events - Geneva, New York

Special events to commemorate Human Rights Day, will be held on 5 December in Geneva and10 December in New York and in the Human Rights field offices in all regions. Learn more >

Achievements - messaging

This year, because of its special significance as the 20th anniversary of the Office, organizers of Human Rights Day may choose to highlight one or more of the human rights achievements of the past two decades. The summary list below may be useful as guidance.

Summary list of achievements >>

Logos and promotional materials

Give Human Rights Day a profile in your neighborhood using the specially created designs for the logo, posters and t shirts. Download materials >

Statements and speeches

Statements from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay will be available shortly before the Geneva and New York events. 
Learn more >

Videos

“The Road Ahead”, a specially produced public service announcement is available for use now along with several other videos highlighting key human rights themes. The video statement from the High Commissioner is also made available prior to Human Rights Day. Go to videos >

Social media

Follow us with #UNRightsAt20 via Twitter, Facebook, Storify, Google+ and YouTube. 
Learn more >

Stories

A range of human rights priorities and concerns can be explored through these feature stories published on our website. Read stories >

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