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Competition in Geneva: My Human Rights in 180 seconds — 13 December 2018

Present your vision of human rights in a 180-second video!

The six participants with the most inspiring videos will be selected to present their story at the Palais des Nations, in Room 20 - the Human Rights Council Room - on 13 December 2018, to celebrate Human Rights Day.

Who can participate? Young people aged 12 to 19 years old.

How to participate?

  1. Record a 180-second video (MP4, MOV, AVI format) explaining what human rights mean to you, how you envision their future, and how everyone can stand up for and defend human rights. Do not forget to put your first and last name in the file name!
  2. Register in the competition by sending an email to mesdroitsen180s@ohchr.org with a link to where we can see and download your video. The email must contain the following information: last name, first name, age, email address, phone number, name of your school and the subject of your presentation.
  3. Save the date of Thursday, 13 December 2018 in your calendar to attend the ceremony at the Palais!

Languages: Videos can be recorded in English or French

Deadline: 26 November 2018

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, and Deputy High Commissioner, Kate Gilmore, will attend the event along with representatives of the City of Geneva, the Canton of Geneva and the Swiss Confederation.

The public will be composed of students from the Geneva region aged 12 to 19, Permanent Representatives to the UN, NGOs as well as United Nations staff accompanied by their children.

Among the six finalists, the public will vote for their favourite presentation. The two students with the most votes will receive a prize.

In addition to the presentations, a speaker - a young human rights defender - will address the audience followed by an interactive panel discussion with the High Commissioner.

Human Rights Day in 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This commemorative event in Room XX aims to promote the role of young people in promoting and defending human rights for future generations.

Born out of the two world wars, the Universal Declaration is just as powerfully relevant as it was on its first day. It sets out universal values and a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.


Do you have any questions?


  • 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.

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