Join us to mark Human Rights Day on 10 December

If you are in New York, here are some of the events you should join to mark Human Rights Day on 10 December 2015, as we highlight President Roosevelt’s “four freedoms”: a symbolic ceremony at the Four Freedoms Park in Roosevelt Island, an unprecedented discussion on the Secretary-General's Human Rights up Front initiative, and a discussion on the economic cost of LGBT exclusion. Check the programme below and please RSVP to join us.

Flower laying ceremony at the Four Freedoms Park
A symbolic event to mark Human Rights Day and honour the memories of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, two major advocates for the United Nations

Roosevelt Island, 10 December 2015, 12:30 - 1:15 pm

Theme – 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.
In his “four freedoms speech” in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt offered a vision. His wife, Eleonor, was instrumental in helping that vision find its way into human rights treaties.
Both were instrumental in the creation of the United Nations, 70 years ago.

Guests – The UN Deputy Secretary-General, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, New York City’s officials, Permanent Representatives to the UN, civil society representatives, students.

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Panel discussion on Human Rights up Front
An opportunity to take stock of the Secretary-General's initiative launched two years ago

United Nations Headquarters, ECOSOC Chamber,
9 December 2015, 3pm
live webcast at

Objective – Show the transformative potential of Human Rights up Front -- an initiative by the UN Secretary-General
to improve UN action to safeguard human rights around the world, at a time of extraordinary challenges

Speakers – The UN Deputy Secretary-General; the President of the UN General Assembly (tbc)

Panelists – The High Commissioner for Human Rights; Permanent Representatives to the United Nations

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The economic cost of LGBT exclusion
An interactive discussion on the economic costs of exclusion and benefits of inclusion of LGBT individuals from the business, State and civil society perspectives.

United Nations Headquarters, Trusteeship Council Room,
10 December 2015, 3pm
live webcast at

Opening by H.E. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the 70th session of the General Assembly

Speakers include:

Dr. Lee Badgett, Lead researcher on the World Bank study on the cost of homophobia
Dan Bross, Senior Director, Corporate Citizenship at Microsoft
Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, World-renowned Ugandan LGBTI human rights defender

Moderator: Marcus Mabry, Managing Editor, Twitter Moments

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