The Universal Declaration of Human Rights — the first declaration of universal human rights to be made by nations in concert — turns 70 on Monday 10 December 2018.
Australia was a leader in the development of the Universal Declaration, and an Australian presided over its proclamation by the United Nations: Dr Herbert Vere Evatt, President of the General Assembly. This presidency is the highest position reached by an Australian in international affairs.
What has happened since the declaration was signed in 1948? The world has changed a great deal in 70 years, and Australia is no longer an international leader in upholding human rights, at home or abroad. The nation’s reputation as a good international citizen is contested. Can Australia be cast as an international pariah?
On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration, Gillian Triggs will address the issues in a public lecture, introduced by Elizabeth Evatt, with a vote of thanks by Tanya Plibersek.
This event was held on Sunday 9 December, 2018 at the University of Sydney.
Image: Pictured from left to right: Tanya Plibersek, Gillian Triggs, Elizabeth Evatt
Tuesday 4 December
The New York Times best-selling author Robin DiAngelo considers why it is so hard for white people to talk about racism.
Wednesday 5 December
Join us as we commemorate United Nations World Soil Day with a discussion about how we can ensure that our soils provide food, biodiversity and healthy ecosystems well into the future.
Monday 10 December
Our expert panel showcases some of the most innovative and original human rights work being done in Australia today, and facilitates a lively conversation about what we all need to do to forge vibrant forms of human rights action for the next 70 years.