Geneva, December 13, 2018. The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said today that celebrations around the world to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights have served to strengthen the conviction that its values and principles remain in force.
"The idea this year has been to recognize that the values and principles to which the States (signatories) gave so much importance in signing the Declaration continue to be important in order to avoid the repetition of the horrors they had just seen," he explained.
Bachelet participated in an event on this anniversary, which was commemorated on the 10th, but which has just been held in Geneva because the high commissioner attended the Marrakech Summit on that date in which the Global Pact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was adopted.
The next day she went to Poland - where the countries that signed the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change must take decisions to comply with it - from where he arrived today directly at the commemoration, held at the Palais des Nations, the European headquarters of the UN.
The event in Geneva - considered the world capital of human rights - was attended by some 250 children sensitized to the cause of human rights and who had the opportunity to witness the performance of rapper and activist Roben X, a 19-year-old American and albino.
Roben X, who during his childhood and adolescence was a victim of discrimination and even physical attacks because of his albinism, uses his music to fight these attitudes and convey a message of self-esteem.
The event also featured the winning entries in a drawing contest organized by the UN and the Gabarron Foundation to mark the anniversary of the Declaration, in which more than 17,000 children from 70 countries participated.
The Spanish artist Cristóbal Gabarrón was in charge of the comments on the selected works, among which is that of the Bolivian girl Macarena Díaz, who at only 10 years old won third prize in the category "How can I defend and promote human rights".
Her drawing simulates a web page in which several messages appear encouraging the diffusion of fundamental freedoms through social networks.
"This drawing reflects what each one of us can do to explain and spread human rights and to achieve a change in societies, so that they are more just and supportive," explained Gabarrón.
Rhéal LeBlanc, United Nations Information Service Geneva
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