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The 20th Anniversary of OHCHR – Events


Vienna +20 Conference

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) co-hosted the Vienna +20 conference in Vienna, Austria on 27-28 June, with the Austrian Government to commemorate 20 years since the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights. The High-Level Expert Conference examined the legacy of the original conference and the challenges ahead. All plenary events of the Conference were webcast. The Conference report reflects the main thrust of the discussions. It has been elaborated by the Austrian hosts in close consultation with the Chairs and Rapporteurs of the Working Groups and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. To coincide with the Conference, the Human Rights Council Special Procedures held their annual meeting in Vienna on 24-25 June.

Open Day at Palais Wilson in Geneva

The UN Human Rights Office opened its Geneva headquarters, Palais Wilson, to the public on Saturday 14 September, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The day celebrated the 20th anniversary of the creation of the UN Human Rights Office. It was also dedicated to the efforts of human rights defenders, civil society actors and staff around the world who work to fulfill the ideals of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Read more...

Human Rights Day in New York, Geneva and Brussels

Events in New York, Geneva, Brussels, and around the world will commemorate the annual Human Rights Day.

New York, 25 September 2013

The UN Human Rights Office, with the support of the Austrian government, will organize a high-level 20th anniversary event on September 25 in New York to discuss achievements, shortcomings and next steps on human rights.

High Commissioner Navi Pillay and President Heinz Fischer of Austria will co-host the event in New York, where some 130 Heads of State are expected to gather for the opening week of the General Assembly. Two previous High Commissioners – Louise Arbour and Mary Robinson – will be panellists leading the discussion on institutional and political obstacles to progress on human rights, and setting out a vision for the future of human rights action. The organizers are expecting Heads of Government from across the world to participate in the discussion.

United Nations Human Rights Prize

The 2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize will be awarded at an event at UN Headquarters in New York on 10 December 2013, as part of the annual commemoration of Human Rights Day.

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