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An exhibition about the history of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

24 October 2018

In the framework of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the OHCHR Library in partnership with the United Nations Library have put together a collection of materials and historical artefacts on this milestone document.

Following the success of the UN Human Rights Office Open Day in June, where the exhibition was first displayed, it is now placed in the UN Museum Geneva until March 2019.

This exhibition focuses on three main areas.

First of all, it will take the public through the UDHR adoption history, featuring original drafting documents from UNOG Archives.

Secondly, the exhibition will celebrate the Declaration by showcasing selected materials from the UDHR Permanent Exhibit such as anniversary publications of the UDHR, stamps, posters, etc.

Finally, the exhibition will highlight the fact that the Declaration is the most translated document in the world. This section will include selected translations of the Declaration in various languages from the UDHR Permanent Exhibit, the UDHR in braille or the recent stamp issued by the UN Postal Service on the occasion of the 500th translation of the UDHR.

Exhibition details

  • UN Museum Geneva, Building B, Palais des Nations 8-14, Avenue de la Paix, Geneva (access through the Pregny Portal Visitors entrance, in front of the ICRC-International Committee of the Red Cross).
  • The exhibition will open on 24 October 2018 and will remain until March 2019.
  • Free entrance; guided tours are upon request only.
  • Hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 8.30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m; the UN Museum Geneva is open to everyone who has access to the Palais.

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