The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was proclaimed in 1948 as a common standard of human rights achievements for all peoples and all nations. 70 years later, the UDHR did not deliver all its prospect but it did put human rights protection at the centre of politics, at national and international level. This event examined the implementation of the UDHR in different parts of the world, focussing on the priorities and challenges faced by the different regions and other entities. The aim of the event was also to reaffirm the universality, indivisibility, interdependence and interrelation of all rights, using the leading role of UN Observer Delegations as an example of how to contribute to its implementation by promoting its values. Opening remarks were delivered by Michael Møller, Director General of the United Nations Office in Geneva.
The closing keynote was given by Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Panel 1 - Promoting the UDHR– progress made and remaining challenges
Panel 2 - Building bridges - Fostering multilateralism and international cooperation in the field of human rights
* to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva