60th Anniversary of the UNDHR

1/12/2009 // After 60 years the Universal Declaration for Human Rights has not lost its relevance. Serious human rights abuses are reported from all over the world.

– As Governments, we must do all in our power to extend the protection of all human rights to all without distinction of any kind, stated Hjálmar W. Hannesson Permanent Representative of Iceland to the UN on behalf of the five Nordic countries.

In Norway the 60th anniversary of the UNDHR has been celebrated throughout the year by enhanced focus on Human Rights in the Norwegian Parliament, in Public debate, in media and in universities and schools.
Respect for human rights is one of the fundamental values underpinning the Norwegian society, and protection and promotion of human rights is a cornerstone in Norwegian Foreign Policy. 

On the 11. November the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre gave a speech “The 60th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Right: What are the dilemmas for foreign policy?” at the University of Bergen.


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