Human Rights Day 2014
Message from Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
“Human Rights 365”
UNESCO was created in 1945 to promote cooperation through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information, in order to deepen universal respect for the dignity, equality and mutual respect of all women and men. Almost seventy years later, this mandate has not aged a day. Promoting human rights remains an essential task – not just on Human Rights Day, but on every day of the year, for every woman and man, everywhere. This is the meaning of Human Rights 365.
This message is especially important now, as States shape a new global sustainable development agenda to follow 2015, building on the universal values of equality, justice, cultural diversity, peace and security. The new agenda should be human right based and human rights driven, to bridge inequalities and social exclusion, to respond to extremism and conflicts, and to build more just and sustainable societies.
This must start with human rights education. Teaching the values of respect, tolerance and solidarity is essential to empower learners and to foster new forms of global citizenship. These goals guide UNESCO’s leadership to promote quality education for all and steer forward the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative across the world. Human rights and global citizenship education should be key elements in the post-2015 agenda.
The media play an essential role – by raising awareness about human rights and by countering prejudice and stereotypes. To these ends, UNESCO has been working with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights since 2005 on the World Programme for Human Rights Education. The third phase (2015-2019) of the Programme focuses on human rights training for media professionals and journalists. Similar goals guide the plan of action for the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022) that UNESCO is spearheading across the United Nations system.
In a world changing quickly and societies under pressure, I appeal to UNESCO Member States, to all Governments and civil society, to reaffirm their commitment to human rights as the guide to all action and the measure of its success.
10-19 December 2014
UNESCO Paris - Hall Segur
11-13 December 2014
Join the celebration
Read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Do you know what your rights are? The Declaration has been translated into at least 435 languages and dialects
Take part in human rights campaigns of the day.
Organize lecture series, film series, book discussions, workshops, seminars, debates and symposia on human rights.
Wear a t-shirt on Human Rights Day. Make or have a t-shirt made just stating that it is Human Rights Day. Or write out a specific article from the United Nations Declaration.
Get out and help people within your community.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- Building Peace Programmes
- Democracy and and Global Citizenship
- Education for Holocaust Remembrance
- Fight against Racism, Discrimination and Xenophobia
- Gender Equality
- Fostering Freedom of Expression
- Human Rights-Based Approach to Programming
- Human Rights Education
- Learning to Live Together
- The Right to Water
- The Right to Education
- Global Education First Initiative (GEFI)
- International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013—2022)
- Memory of the World - Human Rights Day
- Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
- “Teaching Respect for All” – the UNESCO-USA-Brazil joint initiative
- UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence
- Video: Are you fed up with this?
- Video: Why is this happening to me?
- Human Rights: a thorny path, The UNESCO Courier, 2008
- Winds of freedom, The UNESCO Courier, June 1990
- Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights
Pan-African Forum: Building a culture of peace in Africa through innovative youth mobilization
Human Rights Day celebrated by UNESCO ASPnet Cyprus - Simultaneous Flashmobs in Nicosia , Limassol, and Larnaka
2014 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence awarded to Ibrahim Ag Idbaltanat (Mali) and Francisco Javier Estévez Valencia (Chile)
- Selection of UNESCO publications on Human rights and related themes [PDF]
- Empowering the poor through human rights litigation: manual
- Fighting racism and discrimination: identifying and sharing good practices in the International Coalition of Cities
- Human Rights in Education, Science and Culture: Legal Developments and Challenges
- Human Rights. Major International Instruments. Status as at 30 June 2011
- Teaching Respect for All. Implementation Guide
- The Right to Enjoy the Benefits of Scientific Progress and its Applications