This iconic opening sentence of the Human Rights’ Universal Declaration is as important today as it was when it was adopted 75 years ago. This Universal Declaration is a roadmap, helping to end wars, heal divisions and promote lives of peace and dignity for all. However, the world seems to have lost its way. Conflicts are raging. Poverty and hunger are increasing. Inequalities are deepening. The climate crisis is a human rights crisis that is hitting the most vulnerable hardest. Authoritarianism is on the rise. Civic space is shrinking, and the media is under attack from all sides. Gender equality remains a distant dream and women’s reproductive rights are being rolled back.
UN Chief emphasizes today, it is more important than ever to promote and respect all human rights – social, cultural, economic, civil, and political – which protect us all. The Universal Declaration shows the way to common values and approaches that can help resolve tensions and create the security and stability our world craves.
To facilitate the aim work effectively, Mr. Guterres calls for updating the global frameworks and making them more effective in the 21st century. Human rights must have a unique and central role. He calls on Member States to use this 75th anniversary, and the Summit of the Future next year, to strengthen their commitment to the timeless values of the Universal Declaration.
We join Mr. Guterres on this Human Rights Day to urge people around the world to promote and respect human rights, every day, for everyone, everywhere.