Thursday, December 4, 2008

Human Rights Day Events-2008


HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 10 DECEMBER
Sixtieth Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
to be commemorated at United Nations Headquarters.
A number of special events to observe Human Rights Day and to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Wednesday, 10 December 2008. Members of the media as well as UN staff, delegations, NGOs and members of the public are invited to attend.


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# 10 December, 2008, Tunis, Tunisia
Film screening and panel
Four documentary films will be screened - "Silence", "Invente-moi un pays", "Les réfugiés" and "La cage" - which present human rights from different angles in different parts of the world. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. Organized by UNIC Tunis in collaboration with Cinema AfricArt and the Arab Institute for Human Rights.
# 10 December, 2008, Rome, Italy
Roundtable on human rights
In cooperation with the French embassy in Rome, the Italian UNA (Società Italiana Per l’Organizzazione Internazionale) organizes a roundtable on the 60th UDHR anniversary.
# 10 December, 2008, Rome, Italy
Conference “Food for everybody”
Organized by the NGO “Rinascimento”, together with the Italian Ministry of Agriculture and sponsored by UNRIC Brussels.
# 10 December, 2008, The Hague, Netherlands
Right Now Festival
A festival with music, debates, films, workshops and comedy, organized by five Dutch NGOs, with support from UNRIC Brussels.
# 10 December, 2008, UNESCO, Paris, France
Celebration in UNESCO
Including the UNESCO/Bilbao 2008 Prize for Promotion of Human Rights Culture Ceremony.
# 10 December, 2008, Elysee Palace, Paris, France
The official UDHR anniversary event at the Elysee Palace with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and other Heads of State will include a screening of the film “Stories on Human Rights”, a joint project by OHCHR, UNRIC Brussels, the European Commission and Art for the World.
# 10 December, 2008, Palais de Chaillot, Paris, France
Official celebration closing evening
“Smiles, resistance, hopes”, lighting of the Palais de Chaillot and preview of ”Stories on Human Rights” short films with Foreign Affairs Minister Bernard Kouchner and Minister for Human Rights Rama Yade.
# 10 December, 2008
Launch of school curriculum on the Universal Declaration
The UN Cyberschoolbus will be launching a curriculum on each article of the UHDR for schools around the world.
# 10 December, 2008, Paris, France
Ceremony of the Human Rights French Republic Prize
# 10 December, 2008, Belgian Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
Colloquium
“Human Rights in Action” is organized by the President of the Senat with the support of UNRIC Brussels.
# 10 December, 2008, Residence Palace, Brussels, Belgium
Cine ONU on Human Rights
# 10 December, 2008
Launch of The UDHR: An Historical Record of the Drafting Process
This website will provide access to the full text of the historical documents of all meetings from 1946-1948 that led to the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To be launched on 10 December, the website is a cooperative effort of the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library and the Library of the UN Office in Geneva.
# 10 December, 2008, Pretoria, South Africa
Human Rights Lecture
Attending this Human Rights Day lecture are representatives of civil society and the diplomatic corps, with high-ranking UN and South African government officials delivering remarks.
# 10 December 2008, New York City, UN Headquarters,
Conference Room 4, 1.15pm to 2.30pm
Panel Discussion: Human Rights: 60 Years After the UDHR
# 10 December, 2008 – Yerevan, Armenia
Photo exhibit
An exhibit will be on display in the UN House Lobby in Yerevan, featuring historical photos depicting the adoption of the UDHR along with local photos highlighting the human rights situation in Armenia.
# 10 December 2008 - New York City, USA
General Assembly Special Session
A special session of the UN General Assembly commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
# 10 December 2008 - New York City, USA
Awarding of United Nations Prizes in the Field of Human Rights
The award is given out every five years in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights. The awards ceremony will take place at the special session of the UN General Assembly commemorating the 60th anniversary of the UDHR.
# 10 December 2008, France
European Union forum with non-governmental organizations on discrimination against women
# 10 December 2008, Paris, France
NGO Forum at the International Conference Centre in Paris
Marking the end of the French presidency of the European Union this Forum will host 200 non-governmental organizations. The French Republic Human Rights Prize will be given out by the President of the French Republic.
# 10 December 2008, Paris, France
Screening of Human Rights Short Films
A collection of short films on human rights by international artists will be screened at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. Undertaken by the United Nations and the nongovernmental organization Art for the World, these short films have been produced with the creative, logistical and financial support of governments, the private and education sectors and many individuals.
# 10 December, 2008, United Nations Church Center, New York, USA
10th Floor Conference Room, 5.30pm
Panel and screening "Bringing Human Rights Home"
OHCHR New York will participate in this panel discussion on human rights and opportunities for a new US administration. Short films documenting human rights abuses and victories will also be shown.

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