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AVISO: Event commemorating 70th anniversary of human rights declaration


  • Experts to discuss state of global human rights after 70 years with a focus on right to life
  • I’m Human, Right? campaign urges recommitment of international community

GENEVA (30 November 2018) –On 3 December, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations will be hosting an event in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is entitled “70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Dignity of Life.” The speakers will discuss the continued relevance of this foundational human rights document and the responsibility of the international community to protect the fundamental freedoms it outlines, especially the right to life. Speakers include Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi, Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, and a range of human rights experts.

“In the run-up to the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights, we urge world leaders and the international community to reaffirm the inherent dignity of every human being and to promote fundamental freedoms for every person without exception. The United Nations Human Rights Council has a particular responsibility in strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide. Affirming everyone’s right to life lies at the centre of this commitment,” said Giorgio Mazzoli, UN Representative for ADF International in Geneva.

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ADF International has collected thousands of signatures, from over 170 countries, in support of The Geneva Statement, which will be delivered to the Secretary General of the United Nations. It urges the international community to uphold the fundamental right to life, family, and religious freedom, as recognized by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The I’m Human, Right? campaign continues to collect signatures for The Geneva Statement and calls for renew commitments from the international community. Find The Geneva Statement at

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EVENT AVISO “70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Dignity of Life”

What:   Panel discussion

When: 3 December 2018, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Where: Room XXV, Palais des Nations

Who:    H.E. Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life

H.E. Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, Permanent Observer of the Holy See Mission to the UN

H.E. Dr. Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi, Former President of the Human Rights Council

H.E. Mr. Zbigniew Czech, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the UN

H.E. Ms. Marie-Thérèse Pictet-Althann, Ambassador, Permanent Observer of the Sovereign Order of Malta to the UN

Mr. Grégor Puppinck, PhD, Director, European Centre for Law and Justice

Ms. Alessandra Aula, Secretary-General, International Catholic Child Bureau

Mrs. Helen Alvaré, Associate Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law

Dr. William F. Sullivan, Professor, St. Michael’s Hospital and Surrey Place Centre

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