Universal Declaration of Human Rights: A Foundation for Justice and Equality

Ambassador Walton Alfonso Webson

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was proclaimed by the United Nations in July 1948, it set out, for the first time, the fundamental human rights of all people, a universal prescription for ensuring the dignity of every person.

Seventy-five years later, the declaration is the most translated document in the world and it has inspired the adoption of more than seventy human rights treaties. But important questions remain, including how different perspectives, not included in 1948, can contribute to or even correct our understanding of human rights in 2023.

The Keough School of Global Affairs will mark this important anniversary with a two-day forum explore these questions. Dr. Walton Webson, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations, will offer a keynote address to stimulate reflections on “Human Rights, a Foundation for Justice and Equality: Fulfilling the Promise of the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Presenters at this conference include Kellogg Faculty Fellows Ellis Adams, Abby Córdova, Michel HockxAndrés Mejia Acosta, Francisco Urbina, and Ernesto Verdeja, as well as Kellogg Visiting Fellow Juan Sebastián Chamorro.

For more information, including the full schedule for the conference, visit the Keough School website.

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This event is co-sponsored by the Keough School of Global Affairs and these constitutive units: the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, the Klau Institute for Civil and Human Rights, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, and the Pulte Institute for Global Development.


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