We have all heard of the United Nations and believe in it right? But what does it really stand for? What are the foundational values? At the Global Youth Village, youths reviewed the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 30 basic human rights. Knowledge is Power – we challenge you to read and think about the following for the next week. Let us know if you have conversations around this topic. Join us this summer.

Human Rights Challenges

  1. Poverty and global inequities
  2. Discrimination
  3. Armed conflict and violence
  4. Impunity
  5. Democracy deficits
  6. Weak institutions

The Challenges of Implementation

  1. The knowledge gap
  2. The capacity gap
  3. The commitment gap
  4. The security gap



Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,

Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,

Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in cooperation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,

Now, therefore,

The General Assembly,

Proclaims this Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations,

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