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The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is organising a commemoration of Human Rights Day in New York on 10 December 2012 from 5pm to 7pm. Under the slogan "My voice counts", this event will focus on inclusion and the right to participate in public life of the marginalised and vulnerable segments of society. Representatives of UN Member States, international organizations, civil society, the media, academia and the general public are invited to this event, co-hosted by the Ford Foundation at its premises.

Ford Foundation Auditorium
320 East 43rd Street, New York

Date: Monday, 10 December 2012


4.45 Arrival and registration

5.00 Welcome remarks by Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonovic

5.10 Keynote speech by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

5.15 Panel discussion on inclusion and the right to participate in public life

  • Ms. Pauline Wanja, Kenya,
    Co-founder of Living In a Shanty Town, a movement that seeks to empower youths in slums;
  • Mr. Jeremy Heimans, Australia,
    Co-founder of, the world’s largest online political movement;
  • Mr. Ahmed Maher, Egypt,
    Co-founder of the April 6 Youth Movement that fights for democracy in Egypt; and
  • Mr. Chenet Torrilus, Haiti,
    Co-founder of the Haitian Association of Volunteers for Democracy which promotes youth participation in policy-making.

5.45 Open discussion

6.00 Musical performance by Carimi

6.15 Reception

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