Launching Ceremony - 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Current Challenges and UNESCO’s Contribution


On 11 December 2017, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein will launch the Organization’s contribution to the year-long commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) at UNESCO Headquarters from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

This meeting will open a series of events and initiatives to be held throughout 2018 that will mobilize the entire Organization across its areas of competence, at Headquarters and in the field, and will bring on board traditional and new partners.

Ms Audrey Azoulay will open the meeting, followed by a keynote address by Mr Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.

The event will also welcome the participation of H. E. Mrs Zohour Alaoui, President of the 39th session of the General Conference of UNESCO and H. E. Lee Byong Hyun, Chairperson of the Executive Board of UNESCO.

Mr Robert Badinter, internationally renowned statesman and human rights defender, will share his insights and reflections on the theme, to be followed by a debate on the legacy of the UDHR and the current role for UNESCO in the continuous upholding of universal values.

On 12 December 2017, a UNESCO Campus for students on Human Rights Today will take place from 10 to 11.30 a.m. and an interactive workshop on National Initiatives on the Safety of Journalists – What Works, from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted on 10 December 1948, by the United Nations General Assembly in the "grande salle" of the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France.

Private event. By invitation only.


Type of Event Special Event
Start 11.12.2017 11:00 local time
End 11.12.2017 12:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point El-khoury, Golda
Organizer UNESCO
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Room Room IV
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants 100
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