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UNESCO launches a year-long commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
On Human Rights Day, 10 December 2007, at its Headquarters in Paris, UNESCO will unveil the list of activities commemorating the 60th anniversary of signing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
UNESCO launches a year-long commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Mr Koďchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, will announce the launching of the commemorative events, which will be implemented during the next year in close collaboration with other United Nations entities, as well as with the civil society actors around the world.

Speakers for this event include personalities who have made a significant contribution to the human rights field, as well as experts and practitioners that will focus on such specific rights within the mandate of UNESCO as cultural rights, the right to freedom of opinion and expression, the right to education and the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications. More ...

Earlier, on 3-4 December, the international conference organized in Cairo, Egypt will focus on the prospects for democracy and human rights in Africa – the priority region not only for UNESCO, but also for the entire UN system.

The conference, organized by the Human Security, Democracy and Philosophy Section of the Social and Human Sciences Sector, will bring together representatives of various regional organizations, including the League of Arab States and African Union, as well as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the International Organization of the Francophonie, for a debate on the role of National Commissions of Human Rights in Africa for the promotion of democracy and universal human rights principles.

Other events related to the UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences programme in December 2007:
  • 30 November – 1 December: Launch Conference for the Exhibition on Bioethics and Biotechnology Bioethics and Human Rights. Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 1-2 December: Celebration of World aids Day. Moscow, Russian Federation.
  • 5 December: Round Table meeting on Traditional Sport and Games, hosted by the Trim and Fitness International Sport for All Association (TAFISA). Paris, France.
  • 5-7 December: Conference on Cities against Racism in Russia, organized by the City of Moscow. Moscow, Russian Federation.
  • 6-8 December: Third Days of Ethics and Bioethics for West and Central Africa on the theme “Ethics, Environment and Health: Risk Evaluation and Management in Africa.” Lomé, Togo.
  • 7 December: International Fair Play Awards Ceremony, Paris, France.
  • 7-8 December: Symposium: Identities, affiliations, diversities – Islam and national identity. Paris, France.
  • 11 December: Human Security in China: from people’s views to policies. Beijing, China.
  • 11-14 December: Dance for Life project: joint UNESCO and The REPETTO Foundation mission to Cuba. Havana, Cuba.
  • 12-14 December: Regional Training Workshop on the Impact of Post-Conflict Situations on Vulnerable Persons’ Rights. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • 13-14 December: Seminar Series “Bioethics Education in the Republic of Moldova.” Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.
  • 14-15 December: National seminar “The Nation-State in the face of regional Integration in West Africa: the Case of Sierra Leone”. Freetown, Sierra Leone.
  • 15-16 December: Joint Bioethics Roundtable of UNESCO and the University of Kumamoto:“Self-Determination in Asia.” University of Kumamoto, Japan.
  • 18 December: Radio 1812/2007 invites you to Tune in on International Migrants Day! Paris, France.
  • 18-19 December: National seminar “The Nation-State in the face of regional Integration in West Africa: the Case of Guinea-Bissau”. Bissau, Guinea-Bissau.
For more detailed information: www.unesco.org/shs/agenda.

Photo: Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt of the United States holding
a Universal Declaration of Human Rights poster © UN Photo
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Author(s) UNESCO - Sector for Social and Human Sciences
Publication Date 03-12-2007
Source SHS e-News 21 / December 2007

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