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UN Chief on Human Rights Day 2023

“ 'All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.' The iconic opening sentence of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is as important today as it was when it was adopted 75 years ago. The Universal Declaration is a roadmap, helping to end wars, heal divisions and promote lives of peace and dignity for all. But the world is losing its way. Conflicts are raging. Poverty and hunger are increasing. Inequalities are deepening..." - António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations

Geneva Press Briefing: WHO, FAO, UNHCR, ICRC - 8.12.23

🎦 UN Refugee on the Global Refugee Forum 🎦 World Health Organization on worsening health crisis in Sudan 🎦 International Committee of the Red Cross on on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan 🎦 Food and Agriculture Organization's monthly update on global food commodity prices

Gaza humanitarian disaster heralds 'breakdown' of society

As intense Israeli bombardment of Gaza and fighting with Palestinian armed groups continued to impede aid operations, reports on the ground of children begging for water and people cutting down telephone poles for firewood indicated that “society is about to break down”, UN humanitarians said on Friday. 

OCHA Press Conference: Humanitarian Coordinator on Haiti - 8.12.23

Ulrika Richardson, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH) / Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator  

Happening at UN Geneva

Human Rights 75 – High-level Event

11 - 12 December 2023

The momentum in commemorating this, the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), is approaching. The Declaration remains the leading international guidepost for achieving freedom, equality, and justice for everyone. This year of activities in communities, countries and regions around the world has been both a fitting tribute as well as a forerunner to the Geneva high-level event on 11-12 December 2023. 

During these two days, we will witness the culmination of all the dialogues, thematic consultations, multistakeholder recommendations, as well as the birth and growth of our pledging tree. The Human rights 75 high-level event is being convened by UN Human Rights and co-hosted by the Government of Switzerland. Participants will include Member States, civil society organizations, cities and local governments, human rights defenders, parliamentary representatives, United Nations entities, academics, experts, young people and artists.

In addition to the high-level event, UN Human Rights will hold a human rights concert with the support of artists from around the world to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December.