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Human Rights Day

10 December

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December – the day on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all. The principles enshrined in the Declaration are as relevant today as they were in 1948. We need to stand up for our own rights and those of others. We can take action in our own daily lives, to uphold the rights that protect us all and thereby promote the kinship of all human beings.

In December 1948, UNESCO was the first United Nations agency to place the Universal Declaration at the heart of all its action, to promote it across the world through education and the media.

"More than ever before, we are aware of what UNESCO’s mandate, to its broadest and fullest extent, can do to help us develop together the “common standard” defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On this day, we invite all the players in every society to rally alongside UNESCO in order to give the future a more human face."
UNESCO Director-General
Audrey Azoulay Director-General of UNESCO
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What UNESCO does for Human Rights

UNESCO and Human Rights
Education transforms lives
Fostering Freedom of Expression
Protecting Our Heritage and Fostering Creativity
Science for a Sustainable Future
Learning to Live Together
One Planet, One Ocean
Sustainable Development Goals
children at school

Read more

Human rights: a thorny path
Records of the General Conference of UNESCO, third session, Beirut, 1948, v. 2: Resolutions
General Conference paper discussing the Organization's Draft Programme and budget for 1984-1985 and reporting on the Organization's activities since the 115th session of the Executive Board


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