Take stock of the state of human rights today and reflect how each of us can stand up for rights, every day.

The campaign is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but also to mobilize a global constituency to stand for rights. Partner with UN Human Rights to plan a high-level moment to take stock and reflect on human rights, or consider the following ideas:

What you can do

  • Publicise the progress your country/organisation/company has made in human rights, as well as the remaining gaps.
  • Hold thematic discussions/international conferences about the challenges and opportunities for human rights, past and present.
  • Create an award to recognize the extraordinary achievements in the field of human rights.
  • Participate in the global events organised by UN Human Rights near you.

High Commissioner Dialogues

The High Commissioner Dialogues are a chance for High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein to be in conversation with thought leaders worldwide, to look at the legacy of the Declaration and its future purpose. These thought leaders are drawn from across the spectrum of subjects from sports to the courts to politics and more.

A reflection on war crimes and crimes against humanity

08 August 2018 — UN Human Rights chief Zeid and Nuremberg prosecutor, Benjamin Ferencz, reflect on progress achieved in protecting human rights since the end of World War II. “We are all inhabitants of a single planet… I regret that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is being violated… more than it is being accepted,” Ferencz says.

Human rights - protecting and promoting people's rights

23 July 2018 — UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the International Court of Justice President, Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, and Human Rights activist/Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Hina Jilani, take stock of human rights achievements and challenges.

Sports and human rights natural teammates

26 June 2018 — Sport has the unique ability to attract and inspire people. During a conversation, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein and Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee discussed how human rights and sport make natural teammates.


The year 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). To commemorate the UDHR as the pillar of global ethics, common conscience for humanity, a series of events mark the sun rising on the next seven decades for human rights. The events will reflect, reaffirm and recommit to the UDHR across seven different time zones, to highlight the universality of our human rights social movements.

Gilmore: push back by speaking out and standing up for human rights

15 August 2018 — UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore urged activists to continue to fight for human rights amid ever-shrinking ability to do so in a speech in Pretoria, South Africa.


Stay tuned for our events in November and December as we highlight distinct regional themes on the importance of human rights.

  • I will respect your rights regardless of who you are. I will uphold your rights even when I disagree with you
  • When anyone’s human rights are denied, everyone's rights are undermined, so I will stand up
  • I will raise my voice. I will take action. I will use my rights to stand up for your rights.

people have stood up for human rights

We can all be Human Rights Champions

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