Stage A

Friday 10 November 2023


75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights but little reason to celebrate

Crafting peace and building a safer world

We fall painfully short of the historic promise of dignity and equality made to the world in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Right (UDHR). This is the conclusion of virtually all human rights organizations on its 75th anniversary. While important progress has been made over the decades, we have suffered significant setbacks in recent years. Against a backdrop of "multi-crises," stalemate or regression on key SDGs, such as poverty and hunger threaten the fundamental rights of many. 110 million displaced people - the highest number ever recorded - are just one of the devastating consequences of war, conflicts, the rise of authoritarianism and human rights abuses in various parts of the world. This panel will discuss how we can counter this downward spiral. Are we still able to find "common ground" based on the UDHR?

Agn├Ęs Callamard

Secretary General, Amnesty International


Zeinab Badawi

President, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London


Karim Asad Ahmad Khan

Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC)


Gabriela Bucher

President and Chief Executive Officer, Fund for Global Human Rights


Kirk Boyd

Executive Director, Legal Pact for the Future


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