On 10 December 2018, we celebrated the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in the Palace of Nations of the United Nations in Geneva.
The Conference was organized by CAP Liberté de Conscience* and Fundacion VIDA* with the support of the:
-Permanent Representation of Estonia,
-Permanent Mission of Finland in Geneva,
-Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the United Nations Office,
There were more than 120 attendees including 20 Representatives of Permanent Missions at the U.N. and 25 speakers/moderators.
The general theme was: A Commitment from Civil Society.
This was held in the Room VII of the main United Nations historical building where the League of Nations (Société des Nations) was holding its sessions between 1936 and 1946.
The Conference was gathering:
-grassroots movements representatives from Austria, Belgium, Colombia, Denmark, France, Holland, India, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America, …showing their good practices in making the UDHR known and applied in society, starting from the schools, neighborhoods and public institutions;
-public and governmental institutions eager to inform the civil society on the ways they can collaborate for making Human Rights a reality.
The purpose was to encourage a worldwide network that will contribute to end human trafficking, racism, injustice, intolerance and discrimination through the increase of education on the UDHR (and the subsequent Conventions) to create sustainable societies for all human beings.
The Conference was divided in 4 panels:
The Chair panel was composed by the organizers and the Ambassadors of the Representative Missions at the U.N. and other institutions: H.E. Ambassadors of Estonia, Finland, Philippines and Slovak Republic.
This was followed by the screening of the award-winning documentary « The History of Human Rights » (www.humanrights.com)
The 2nd panel topic was: Education – Knowing and understanding the UDHR to apply it.
This panel was composed of :
Moderator: Luis Alberto Alarcon (Chairman Fundacion Vida – Grupo Ecológico Verde)
Ms. Oriana Cordero : Humanidad de Oro (MEXICO)
Mr. Andrew Chalmers : United for Human Rights International (UNITED KINGDOM and INDIA)
Mr. Luis Hernando Redondo : Association of Training and Orientation to the Refugee and Migrants (SPAIN-COLOMBIA-VENEZUELA)
Mr. Christian Mirre : Foundation for a Drug Free Europe (SWEDEN)
Mr. Paul Alexander Beltran : Parra Corporación Vida SILOE (COLOMBIA-SPAIN)
The topic of the 3rd panel: Faith based organizations committing to the UDHR.
Moderator: Mr. Martin Weightman, Director of the All Faiths Network (UK)
Pastor Mr. Jean Claude Basset : Assoc. for the Promotion of the Dialogue Intercultural and Interreligious. (SWITZERLAND)
Ms. Mejindarpal Kaur : United Sikh International (UK)
Massimo Introvigne : Center for Studies on New Religions (ITALY)
Mr. Fareed Ahmad : Muslim Ahmadiyya Community (UNITED KINGDOM)
Mr. Bigvai Estrada : Church of the Light of the World (UNITED STATES and MEXICO)
Mr. Ivan Arjona-Pelado : President European Office of the Church of Scientology for Public Affairs and Human Rights (EUROPE)
The last panel topic: Activism and international organizations and institutions.
It started by a human rights defender life history of a 70 years activist from Barcelona, born on 10 December 1948.
Moderator: Mr. Eric Roux, Chairman of the European Inter-Religious Forum for Religious Freedom (FRANCE)
Mr. Hans Noot : Gerard Noodt Foundation (HOLLAND)
Ms. Camelia Marin : Soteria International (DENMARK)
Mr. Bashy Quraishy : Chairman European Muslim Initiative for Social Cohesion (DENMARK)
Ms. Rosita Šorytė : International Observatory of Religious Liberty of Refugees (ITALY)
Ms. Isabel Ayuso-Puente : Secretary General Foundation for the Improvement of Life, Culture and Society. (SPAIN)
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