4th edition of Human Rights Film Festival through Cinematography concludes on Human Rights Day-2018

Islamabad, 10 December 2018: The fourth edition of the Film Festival “Human Rights through Cinematography”, marking the 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights concluded in Islamabad on the Human Rights Day today.

The closing ceremony was jointly organized by the United Nations in Pakistan and the Embassy of Switzerland in Pakistan.

The objective of the film festival was to deepen among Pakistani audience, especially the Youth the knowledge about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and human rights challenges, people are facing in different corners of the world.  Continue reading

COMSATS University observed Human Rights Day and 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Islamabad, 10 December 2018: Students at the COMSATS University in Islamabad observed the Human Rights Day with thematic messages of peace, tolerance, harmony, co-existence and respect for human rights.

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his video message highlighted that human rights are universal and eternal and called on all the people to stand up for human rights — for everyone, everywhere. Continue reading

انسانی حقوق کا عالمی دِن — اقوامِ مُتحدہ کے سیکرٹری جنرل کا پیغام

۱۰ دسمبر ۲۰۱۸

انسانی حقوق کا عالمی منشور، ۷۰ سالوں سے دنیا کے لیے ایک روشن مینار، انسانی وقار، مساوات اوربہتر ذندگی کے ساتھ ساتھ تاریکی میں امید کی ایک روشن کرن کا کردار ادا کر رہا ہے۔

منشور میں اعلان کئے گئے حقوق کا اطلاق بِلا امتیاز جنّس، عقیدے، مقام یا کسی بھی تفریق کے ہر ایک پر ہوتا ہے۔

انسانی حقوق عالمگیر اور دائمی نوعیت کے ہیں۔

یہ حقوق جو کہ بظاہر غیر مرئی نظر آتے ہیں۔ نا قابلِ تردید ہیں۔ انہیں کسی سیاسی، معاشی، معاشرتی یا ثقافتی حقوق کے زمرے میں، ذاتی پسند کی بنیاد پر اختیار یا رد نہیں کیا جا سکتا۔

آج ہم انسانی حقوق کے اُن محافظوں کو بھی سلام پیش کرتے ہیں جو لوگوں کے لیے، بڑھتی ہوئی نفرت، نسلی امتیاز، عدم برداشت اور ظلم کے خلاف سینہ سپر ہیں اور اپنی ذندگیوں کو خطرے میں ڈالتے ہیں۔

بلا شبہ، انسانی حقوق کے حصول میں دنیا میں ہر جگہ مشکلات پیش آتی ہیں۔

عالمی اقدار کم ہوتی جا رہی ہیں اور قانون کی حکمرانی کوسبو تاژ کیا جا رھا ہے۔

آج ہماری ذمّہ پہلے سے کہیں ذیادہ واضع ہے۔

. آئیں مِل کر انسانی حقوق کا ہر مقام پر۔ ہر ایک کا ساتھ دیں

Secretary-General message on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2018

For 70 years, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been a global beacon – shining a light for dignity, equality and well-being … and bringing hope to dark places.

The rights proclaimed in the Declaration apply to everyone — no matter our race, belief, location or other distinction of any kind.

Human rights are universal and eternal.

They are also indivisible.  One cannot pick and choose among civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.

Today we also honour the human rights defenders risking their lives to protect people in the face of rising hatred, racism, intolerance and repression.

Indeed, human rights are under siege around the world.

Universal values are being eroded.  The rule of law is being undermined.

Now more than ever, our shared duty is clear:

Let us stand up for human rights — for everyone, everywhere.

Thank you.

Secretary-General message on International Anti-Corruption Day 9 December 2018

“Corruption is present in all countries, rich and poor, North and South.

It is an assault on the values of the United Nations.

It robs societies of schools, hospitals and other vital services, drives away foreign investment and strips nations of their natural resources.

It undermines the rule of law and abets crimes such as the illicit trafficking of people, drugs and arms.

Tax evasion, money laundering and other illicit flows divert much-needed resources for sustainable development.

The World Economic Forum estimates that the cost of corruption is at least $2.6 trillion – or 5 per cent of global gross domestic product.

And according to the World Bank, businesses and individuals pay more than $1 trillion in bribes each year.

Corruption begets more corruption, and fosters a corrosive culture of impunity.

The United Nations Convention against Corruption is among our primary tools for advancing the fight.

Sustainable Development Goal 16 and its targets also offer a template for action.

International Volunteer Day recognizes volunteer’s contributions towards building resilient communities

The United Nations State of World’s Volunteerism Report 2018 launched today to mark the International Volunteer Day 2018 in Islamabad. Ignacio Artaza, Country Director of UNDP in Pakistan also announced the official launch of Pakistan volunteer awards to honour young men and women who are making extraordinary and selfless contributions to the society.

Nominations for these awards will be accepted from 1 January through end of February 2019.

5 December, International Volunteer Day (IVD)

There are over one billion volunteers across the globe dedicating their time and skills to helping others. Resilient Communities stand up against natural, economic and political stress on the foundations of volunteerism.

Every year on 5 December, International Volunteer Day (IVD), we celebrate and recognize volunteers and their contributions everywhere.

More on #IVD2018unv.org/internationalvolunteerday2018