For over half a century, the UN has been the leader in helping uphold human rights worldwide; UNA-USA is proud to celebrate this day with Americans in communities across the country.
Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) December 10, 2011
Citizens from around the United States today join their friends and neighbors to honor the 51st Human Rights Day with local chapters of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA).
“Twenty-eleven was one of the most important years in human rights in recent memory. It was a year that showed how empowered individuals can change the world to a one that is more respectful of all peoples regardless of race, color, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.” said UNA-USA Executive Director Patrick Madden. “For over half a century, the UN has been the leader in helping uphold human rights worldwide; UNA-USA is proud to celebrate this day with Americans in communities across the country.”
UNA-USA chapters are hosting Human Rights Day celebrations featuring speakers, luncheons, film screenings, and other presentations conveying how the UN helps advance and uphold human rights around the world, and engaging participants in supporting the advancement of human rights.
Speakers from diverse areas of expertise will be speaking to chapters and their guests. UN Foundation Chief Executive Officer Kathy Calvin will speak to the UNA-USA Monterey Bay Chapter on the new UN agency, UN Women. Former judge in the International Court of Justice Thomas Buergenthal, as well as Women for Women International Founder Zainab Salbi will speak to the National Capital Area Chapter. Information on all UNA-USA human rights day events can be found at http://www.unausa.org/humanrightsday.
In addition to chapter-hosted events, UNA-USA supports human rights efforts at the UN throughout the year through the Leo Nevas Program on Human Rights. The program helps mobilize UNA-USA resources to help the UN take a more effective role in human rights, as well as get the U.S. more involved in the UN’s human rights efforts.
“Human Rights protections are in the hands of all of our citizens, in all of our communities. That is the universal lesson of the past 63 years, since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in the UN General Assembly,” said UNA-USA Leo Nevas Human Rights Task Force Chair Felice Gaer. “On this day, the Leo Nevas Human Rights Task Force of UNA-USA salutes all the UNA chapters and every individual who is working to uphold human rights close to home and around the world.”
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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the first global articulation of human rights and is regarded as the international bill of rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is considered the most translated document in modern history; available in more than 300 languages. The Declaration was adopted in 1948 as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and nations; the first Human Rights Day was celebrated in 1950.
The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), a program of the UN Foundation, is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire and mobilize the American people to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations. UNA-USA works to accomplish its mission through its national network of chapters, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA and the UN Foundation create the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. For more information on UNA-USA, visit http://www.unausa.org/.
ABOUT THE LEO NEVAS PROGRAM ON HUMAN RIGHTS
The UNA-USA Leo Nevas Program on Human Rights was established in 2007 based on the shared belief that human rights should be an essential component of U.S. foreign policy, and that UNA-USA should reflect this belief in the policies it advocates for in the U.S. The Leo Nevas Task Force, comprised of leading authorities in the field of human rights, provides leadership and expertise to the program. For more information, please visit http://www.unausa.org/policy/nevas.
ABOUT THE UNITED NATIONS FOUNDATION
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. These campaigns focus on reducing child mortality, empowering women and girls, creating a new energy future, securing peace and human rights, and promoting technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.