摘要Message by UNESCO DG Ms. Audrey Azoulay on Human Rights Day 2018

Human Rights Day 2018

Message from Ms. Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the Occasion of Human Rights Day文章源自英文巴士-https://www.en84.com/6215.html



10 December 2018文章源自英文巴士-https://www.en84.com/6215.html



The Universal Declaration of Human Rights embodies the eternal yearning of humanity for freedom, justice and dignity. It is not the product of a single culture or tradition but a common foundation for all individuals to lead fulfilled lives, and for all peoples and all nations to live in peace. This year, we celebrate 70 years since the world’s nations came together to define this comprehensive set of inherent, inalienable and universal human rights.文章源自英文巴士-https://www.en84.com/6215.html




Many of these rights underpin the promise of UNESCO’s constitution for “full and equal opportunities of education for all, in the unrestricted pursuit of objective knowledge and the free exchange of ideas”. Through education, the sciences, communication and culture, our mission is to instil peace and humanist values in the minds of men and women. This mission is as important now as when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was endorsed by the international community, as the world rebuilt itself from the rubble and trauma of two devastating world wars.




Our work is expanding the right to educational opportunities to those who have been left behind, particularly women and girls. As the world is set to adopt two new Global Compacts upholding the rights of refugees and migrants, UNESCO is also expanding working to extend educational opportunities to these populations.




We defend the right to freedom of expression, denouncing attacks on journalists and working to keep the internet a space for free dialogue. All people should enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its application. The right to water and sanitation, and a clean ocean that protects livelihoods are of vital importance to human rights and are among our major priorities. UNESCO also protects and promotes fundamental cultural freedom, our shared heritage and contemporary forms of expression, which are the ultimate manifestations of our common humanity.




Unfortunately, once again in our time, human rights are under threat. Across the world, we see how easily they can be swept aside by dehumanising stereotypes and the rise of intolerant discourse. Conflict, violent extremism and natural disasters can cause chaos, undermining the rights of the most vulnerable in society. Emerging technologies, particularly artificial intelligence, also represent potential danger if not developed with full respect for human rights. We must remain ever vigilant that the progress made in the past 70 years is maintained, and UNESCO will continue to be the leading international laboratory of ideas to tackle these challenges.




Eleanor Roosevelt, one of the lead authors of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, once said “you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one. You cannot make any useful contribution in life unless you do this”. On this important anniversary, let us each use this right to contribute to human rights for all.





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