A series of events will be organized by the German Commission for UNESCO or under its auspices to commemorate this anniversary under the general motto "Human Dignity and Justice for All of Us".


  • Implementing the project together with the National Commission for UNESCO of France entitled "Claiming Human Rights" (Invoquer les droits de l’homme). This resource will provide tailor-made information for human rights activists, lawyers and other experts working on human rights in and for African countries. It will focus on the procedures of the United Nations treaty bodies, special rapporteurs, African Union procedures and other mechanisms for claiming human rights for people in Africa. The Internet portals (in English) and (in French) will be launched in November 2008. The print publication will be published later the same month. The idea of these resources is based on Professor Hüfner’s publication How to file complaints on human rights violations.

  • February 2008: Publication of the book UNESCO und Menschenrechte (UNESCO and Human Rights) by Professor Hüfner published in German.

  • 13 June 2008: Promotion of the Resolution on the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the 68th General Assembly of the German Commission for UNESCO (available online in German).

  • Exhibition “60 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” by the “Berlin Committee for UNESCO” at the library of the Free University of Berlin, opened by the Chairwoman of the Committee on Human Rights of the German Federal Parliament).

  • 28 - 29 November 2008: In cooperation with the German Department of the European UNESCO Chair on Philosophy, a two-day conference will be organized in Bremen. It will be devoted to the topic of "Thinking human rights into the futures: 60 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights".

  • Contribution to UNESCO’s exhibition on "Sixty Years of Human Rights Education", prepared by extensive research on all available teaching human rights materials in Germany.

  • December 2008: Celebration of the 10th anniversary of the "German Film Award on Human Rights": the German Commission for UNESCO is one of the 14 co-organizing institutions of the "German Film Award for Human Rights" which exists since 2000. Every two years, awards are given to the best films in three categories, including professional documentaries and students' films. The ceremonies take place in Nuremberg in early December, usually attended by 500 guests. In 2008, to celebrate the 60th anniversary, for the first time the German Commission for UNESCO organizes screenings of the award-winning films in Berlin and in Bonn. Thus, the award ceremony will be held on 6 December in Nuremberg, for the first time it will be broadcasted live on television. The German Commission for UNESCO together with the German Institute for Human Rights will present the winning films on 9 December in Berlin at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and on 10 December 2008, they will be presented in Bonn.

  • 9 December 2008: Contribution to a conference organized by the German Human Rights NGO Forum (Forum Menschenrechte) on 9 December 2008 in Berlin, with a focus on the UNESCO Coalition of Cities against Racism.

  • 10 December 2008: Contribution with a focus on the right to education to a conference organized by Amnesty International and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Berlin, on 10 December 2008.


More on cooperation between Germany and UNESCO

Website of the German Commission for UNESCO

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