The Universal Declaration of Human Rights sets out a broad range of fundamental rights and freedoms to which all of us are entitled.
It guarantees the rights of every individual everywhere, without distinction based on nationality, place of residence, gender, national or ethnic origin, religion, language, or any other status.
Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world.
2020 Theme: Recover Better - Stand Up for Human Rights
This year’s Human Rights Day theme relates to the COVID-19 pandemic and focuses on the need to build back better by ensuring Human Rights are central to recovery efforts.
The United Nations will reach its common global goals only if they are able to create equal opportunities for all, address the failures exposed and exploited by COVID-19, and apply human rights standards to tackle entrenched, systematic, and intergenerational inequalities, exclusion and discrimination.
Under UN Human Rights’ generic call to action “Stand Up for Human rights”, the UN aim to engage the general public, partners and the UN family to bolster transformative action and showcase practical and inspirational examples that can contribute to recovering better and fostering more resilient and just societies.
Human rights are at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Therefore Human Rights are driven by progress on all SDGs, and the SDGs are driven by advancements on human rights.
Although the Declaration is not a binding document, it inspired more than 60 human rights instruments which together constitute an international standard of human rights.
Today the general consent of all United Nations Member States on the basic Human Rights laid down in the Declaration makes it even stronger and emphasizes the relevance of Human Rights in our daily lives.
Why does the UN mark International Days?
International days are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity.
The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool.