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75th anniversary of
the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights

For 75 years, the core ambition of the Declaration has been to infuse societies with equality, fundamental freedoms and justice.

On Human Rights Day, 10 December 2023, we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Declaration, a milestone celebration called Human Rights 75 (HR 75). Join us on Human Rights Day and to take action and capture all the moments from this year’s commemoration.

Engage with the Human Rights 75 Initiative.

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Practical information for media


Calendar of events taking place at Palais des Nations

4-15 December

Thirteen young and visionary talents, together with three works of prominent artists, such as Michelangelo Pistoletto, Emilio Isgrò and Mimmo Jodice, will contribute to raise awareness on the most challenging human rights issues.

The exhibition will be open to the public from Monday December 4th to Friday December 15th at the Exhibition Gallery in front of Room XX, Building E, 3rd floor. (Due to the high-level summit for UDHR75, please be reminded the exhibition visit on 11th and 12th December is restricted.) 

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10 December

The 10th edition of the Human Rights Day Concert will take place on World Human Rights Day, in the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room (Room XX) of the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The concert is the 10th in a series that began in 2014 under the partnership between ONUART Foundation and UN Geneva.

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Artists: Nadine Sierra, soprano / Pretty Yende, Soprano / Pablo Mielgo, Conductor / “Human Rights Camerata” (Human Rights Chamber Orchestra)

11 December

Human Rights 75 Youth Dialogue: Amplifying the HR75 initiative among young people (IN-PERSON) .
Organized on the margins of the Human Rights 75 High-level event, this event will allow young people to express their concerns and expectations about the future of human rights and share their vision of what States, the UN and young people should do to strengthen human rights in the coming years.

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11 & 12 December

Human Rights 75 High-Level Event at the Palais des Nations.
Start of a two-day hybrid high-level event in Geneva, with regional hubs connected in Panama, Nairobi and Bangkok. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk will make opening remarks. The event is accessible to all with international sign interpretation and real-time captioning in English provided. A Human Rights 75 Virtual Conference Centre is being built to welcome 3000 online participants.

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Register to watch the debates online via the Human Rights 75 Virtual Conference Centre:



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The UDHR is considered the foundation of international human rights law, and yet, much of its history and the diverse people and bodies who worked to draft it remain little-known.

From the drafting process to the challenges that were overcome for its adoption, the UDHR inspired important human rights treaties and remains relevant in today's multilateral system.

This new episode of HiStories explores the fascinating history of this milestone document.


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Discover the Archives of the drafting of the International Declaration on Human Rights, from the UN Archives Geneva platform, which provides access to the fonds and collections managed by the United Nations Library and Archives in Geneva, including the archives of the United Nations in Geneva, the League of Nations (1919-1946), international peace movements (from 1870), and private papers.


This guide will help you find up-to-date resources focusing on the Declaration:

  • links to relevant documents related to the history and the drafting process of the Declaration.
  • collections of books and articles from the UN Library at Geneva (both print & online resources).

Explore the Resource Guide on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: