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On Human Rights Day, UNA-USA Mobilizes Citizens on Global Issues

Nationwide program of events raises profile and recognizes human rights for all

December 10, 2012
WASHINGTON – The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) and its network of more than 120 Chapters across the United States are celebrating Human Rights Day today with events in more than 40 communities. Presentations, film screenings, and educational sessions are just some of the many activities being hosted.

Chapter hosted events will help highlight the UN’s work in advancing and upholding human rights around the world, and engage participants in supporting the advancement of human rights.

“This Human Rights Day, we recognize how critical it is that we all stand up for human rights and support the work being done around the world to protect our rights,” said Patrick Madden, executive director, UNA-USA. “For more than 50 years, the UN has been the leader in helping uphold human rights worldwide; UNA-USA is proud to celebrate this day in communities across the United States.”

Experts on a variety of human rights related issues will be speaking to Chapters and their guests. Topics include: the Millennium Development Goals; U.S.-UN relations; genocide; and women’s rights. Information on all UNA-USA Human Rights Day events can be found at www.unausa.org/humanrightsday.

Beyond Human Rights Day, UNA-USA supports the UN’s human rights efforts throughout the year through the Leo Nevas Program on Human Rights. The program helps mobilize UNA-USA resources to help the UN take a more effective role in human rights, as well as get the U.S. more involved in the UN’s human rights efforts. For more information, please visit www.unausa.org/leonevas.

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Background

The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the first global articulation of human rights and is regarded as the international bill of rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is considered the most translated document in modern history; available in more than 300 languages[i]. The Declaration was adopted in 1948 as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and nations; the first Human Rights Day was celebrated in 1950.

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ABOUT UNA-USA

The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. For 70 years UNA-USA has worked to accomplish its mission through its national network of Chapters, youth engagement, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA is a program of the United Nations Foundation. UNA-USA and its sister organization the Better World Campaign represent the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. Learn more about UNA-USA’s programs and initiatives at www.unausa.org

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