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Logo: The 20th Anniversary of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Open House Day at Palais Wilson 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.

Please see the programme in English:  Programme in English and in French:  Prorgramme in French

Debates

Human rights experts will participate in two panel discussions on:

  • Women human rights defenders, and
  • Reprisals against people or groups that cooperate with the United Nations to denounce human rights abuses.

Visitors will be given an opportunity to ask them their most burning questions.

Exhibitions

Palais Wilson hosts a number of artistic works by artists from around the world that were donated to the UN Human Rights Office over the years and displayed around the building.

Visitors will also discover reproductions of old pictures of Palais Wilson dating from the beginning of last century.

Guided Tours

Palais Wilson is one of the historic architectural staples of Geneva. It was also the first home of the League of Nations. A local historian will guide visitors around Palais Wilson and reveal its many secrets. Bookings for the tour are now closed.

Film screenings

What are human rights and what does the United Nations do to promote and protect them? Visitors can find out by watching a number of short and feature length documentaries, as well as works of fiction by renowned international directors.

Musical Performances

Poets and spoken-word artists will give their interpretation of human rights.

Children’s Activities

How do you explain human rights to children? We asked a puppeteer to try. An interactive computer game for children between 8-12 will also make them experts in human rights. How do we know that? Because they will have a diploma they can take home with them when they successfully complete the game!

Light Show

Palais Wilson will be lit by a special light show every night during the fortnight leading-up to the Open House Day.