Every year on December 10th, the world observes International Human Rights Day. Since 1950, this has been an occasion for people around the world to acknowledge and celebrate the fundamental rights that we all share as human beings. This year’s International Human Rights Day is focused around the idea that every day is Human Rights Day – and at the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office
(UU-UNO), this is certainly the case.
Unitarian Universalists are proud to be leaders in action for social justice around the country and around the world. As in our daily lives we strive to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person, each day at the United Nations the UU-UNO strives to affirm and promote every person’s human rights on the international stage.
The UU-UNO participates in meetings, conferences, and committees at the United Nations with key UN bodies such as Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Department of Public Information (DPI), the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the World Bank to discuss with them how they can act in the interest of creating a world community that is accepting, just, and compassionate.
As a leader in the NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security, the UU office works with other NGOs and UN member nations to create policies for a peaceful, free, and just world. The UU-UNO also takes a leading role in the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development, the NGO Committee on Human Rights, the NGO Security Council Working Group, the Faith and Ethics Network for the International Criminal Court, and the NGO/DPI Executive Committee.
Today on International Human Rights Day, we should all take the time to reflect on how we as individuals can advocate for our own rights and the rights of others. Over the course of the next week, the UU-UNO will be sharing more about how the work that it does at the UN is important for upholding international human rights and Unitarian Universalist values. Stay tuned!
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