Youth for Peace &Dialogue between Cultures co-sponsor The international human rights summit
Youth for peace and dialogue between cultures joined the 88 youth delegates from 53 countries at the United Nations for the 15th Annual International Human Rights Summit.
We were extremely proud to co-sponsor this amazing 3-day event. We applaud the hard work and dedication that the Youth For Human Rights International has put to create and realize such an event and we are looking forward to join you in the future!
As more than a hundred young men and women filed into the iconic Economic and Social Council Chamber at the United Nations in New York July 5 for the Human Rights Summit of Youth for Human Rights International, dignitaries and guests welcomed them with a standing ovation. Through their commitment to raising awareness and understanding of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, they represent the hope for a humane and peaceful future.
Sadly, seven decades after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, human rights abuse is rife in many areas of the globe, but the youths at the Summit were selected to represent their countries on the basis of their own human rights accomplishments toward making human rights a fact. They were welcomed by the Summit’s sponsor, the Permanent Mission to the United Nations of Costa Rica, and its co-sponsors the Permanent Missions to the UN of Cyprus, Australia, Morocco and Romania.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) defined for the first time the 30 fundamental rights to which all men, women and children are entitled by their very existence. The preamble to the document asserts the importance of education in bringing about a civilization in which every person is treated with respect and where they may accomplish their own potential in a world at peace.
Perhaps nowhere was this better illustrated than by the presentation of the keynote speaker of the first day of the Summit: Brigadier General Alberto Sepúlveda, Commander of the Seventh Division, National Army of Colombia. General Sepúlveda spoke of the way his country has redefined what it means to serve in the military. They have provided education to all soldiers on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through the educational materials of United for Human Rights and its program for young people Youth for Human Rights International. He presented a slideshow showing the work of the Colombian armed forces to ensure the rights of all through their service in times of disaster and their human rights education initiative. His speech was included in the UN’s broadcast of the first day of the event.
Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is the youth component of United for Human Rights (UHR). It is a global nonprofit organization founded in 2001 with the purpose to teach youth about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and inspire them to become advocates for tolerance and peace.
UHR has now grown into a global movement with over 150 chapters and its educational materials, translated into 27 languages, bring the message of human rights to 195 nations. The Youth for Human Rights public service announcements and The Story of Human Rights educational film air on several hundred television stations in dozens of countries each year.
To date, more than 1.4 million students have been empowered with human rights education through the Youth for Human Rights curriculum. Further, partnerships to foster human rights have been forged with nearly 1,500 organizations and government agencies in 92 countries. Through these partnerships, human rights organizations and government bodies have been supported in their mission to improve the well-being of local, regional and national populations.
All told, thousands of organizations and governments have joined forces with Youth for Human Rights, helping to educate tens of millions around the world.