UN celebrates 20th anniversary of landmark human rights declaration

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Navi Pillay

Twenty years after the adoption of a historic human rights document much work still remains to be done, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Navi Pillay was speaking in Vienna on Thursday at a conference celebrating the 1993 Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA) which she called "one of the strongest human rights documents of the past 100 years."

She said the VDPA crystallized the principle that human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated.

"But we must recognize that in many areas, we have failed to build on the foundations of the VDPA. The inspiring opening promise of the Universal Declaration–that all human beings are born equal in dignity and in rights, and that these will be respected as such–is still only a dream for far too many people."

This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, a milestone that will be celebrated in September.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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