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Events - December 2004

10 December: Human Rights Day

On 10 December 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Right (resolution 423 V) and ever since, this day has been celebrated as the "International Human Rights Day".

During this year's Human Rights Day celebrations at UN headquarters in New York, Secretary General Kofi Annan, stressed how "Human rights education is much more than a lesson in schools or a theme for a day; it is a process to equip people with the tools they need to live lives of security and dignity. On this International Human Rights Day, let us continue to work together to develop and nurture in future generations a culture of human rights, to promote freedom, security and peace in all nations."

Among the activities organized to celebrate Human Rights Day two panel discussions took place: "Freedom from Fear and Want - the Human Rights Year in review" organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the NGO Committee on Human Rights and "Human Rights Education in the School System - Practical Experiences" organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and UNESCO. A Student Conference on Human Rights (2004) was also organized at UN headquarters and the UN Secretary General also made an opening statement during the seminar "Unlearning Intolerance: Confronting Islamophobia: Education for Tolerance and Understanding (2004)".

The International Land Coalition also published a statement on this occasion to call upon national and global institutions to recommit to empowering poor men and women through their secure access to land and other key natural resources. To read the statement, please click here.

To read more on the activities organized to celebrate Human Rights Day, please click here.

To read more about the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, please click here.