Countdown to Human Rights Day
What makes a human rights defender?
OHCHR and children
Seventy-five years ago, at the United Nations, all countries in the world agreed that all human beings are born free and equal, and that they all have the same rights as anyone else. They developed a list of human rights that everyone is entitled to. This document became known as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
This year, the UN Human Rights Office is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This campaign is called the Human Rights 75 initiative.
In December 2023, there will be an important event where world leaders will make commitments (pledges) to improving human rights in their countries, and share ideas for a new vision for the future of human rights. This new vision will help to shape the Summit of the Future in September 2024 and its results. The Summit of the Future is a big meeting where States from all around the world will agree to a new vision for the world.
Children are taking action to promote and defend human rights around the world. For example, children are coming together to fight for climate justice, for a healthy environment and for clean water. They are calling for equal rights for all people, schooling for girls, housing for minorities, gender equality, and for spaces that allow young people, older persons and persons with disabilities to participate in public life, and for many other human rights! Yet, children face challenges in realizing their rights.
Engagement with children is a key part of Human Rights 75 initiative because:
The children’s vision for human rights results from a consultative process with children around the world as part of the Human Rights 75 Initiative, and reflects children's views on the future of human rights. Read their full vision here.
The UN Human Rights Office has developed several activities to reach out to children around the world:
The survey is available in English, French and Spanish.
For more information, you can check out child-friendly resources, such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and an information sheet on the UN Human Rights Office and the High Commissioner, developed by the Child Advisors,
Deadline: September 26th, 2023
Our partner Child Rights Connect and their Children’s Advisory Team is supporting this process.
Do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions by contacting Zsuzsanna Rutai, Child Empowerment and Safeguarding Officer at [email protected].
Focal point at OHCHR: [email protected]
Launch of Human Rights 75
Children’s survey to inform the High Commissioner’s vision statement on the future of human rights
Children’s analysis of the replies and outcomes report
Focus group discussion with UN Human Rights Office
Human Rights 75 – Closing high-level event in Geneva, Switzerland with child participation