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Roosevelt Island, 10 December 2015, 12:30pm-1:15pm
WHEN Thursday, 10 December 2015, From 12:30PM to 1:15PM
WHERE Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, 1 FDR Four Freedoms Park, Roosevelt Island, New York 10044
WHO United Nations officials, diplomatic corps, civil society activists, students
About the ceremony: A moment to honour the memories of President Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor, and their contributions to the United Nations, particularly in its work on human rights. A time to reflect on the meaning of that contribution in today’s world.
About the guests: Guests include the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Mr. Jan Eliasson; the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein; New York City’s officials; Permanent Representatives to the UN; civil society representatives; students of the Hunter College human rights program located at the Roosevelt House in New York City.
About Human Rights Day 2015: This year Human Rights Day highlights ‘Freedoms,’ recalling the four freedoms that underlie the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and two major human rights covenants, and first articulated on 6 January 1941 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his “four freedoms speech” to the US Congress.
About Human Rights Day: In 1950, the United Nations General Assembly established the International Human Rights Day to “appropriately celebrate” the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948 and “to bring the Declaration to the attention of the peoples of the world.”
About the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park: The Park is the first memorial dedicated to the former President in his home state of New York. The Park celebrates the Four Freedoms, as pronounced in President Roosevelt’s famous speech.