21 Jun 2018

World Human Rights Day

the Youth Committee celebrates it throughout Italy promoting events on freedom of press and expression

Like every year, on the 10th of December UNESCO celebrates the International Human Rights Day all over the world to commemorate the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris in 1948 The core of the declaration are thirty articles that enshrine the individual, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of every person.

The Youth Committee of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO fully embraces the ideals of the Declaration, through the stimulation of participation and free public, political and cultural confrontation.

In fact, the Youth Committee believes that knowledge of rights makes young people aware of and incentives them to action, helping to create a concrete, recognized and shared ideal. The celebration of the International Day, by the Committee, will focus on art. 19 of the Declaration: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression, including the right not to be harassed for their opinion and to seek, receive and disseminate information and ideas through any means and regardless of frontiers. In particular, given the ever-increasing relevance of the issue and the importance that UNESCO emphasizes, the events that the Committee will organize will focus on Freedom of the press as the primary freedom to have access to information, to favor participatory democracies.

Press freedom also contributes to the Goal 16 of Agenda 2030: “to promote peaceful and inclusive societies, to guarantee public access to information and the protection of fundamental freedoms”, and to Objective 9, which focuses on the construction of infrastructures. resilient to promote innovation, in particular through increased access to ICT.

In the twenty Italian regions will be organized debates, meetings and artistic performances with some of the leading exponents of Italian journalism, with a view to full integration with the academic, scholastic and Italian youth associations. From satire to censorship, to the new function of globalization of information, the Committee will touch on the issue from a current and truly pragmatic point of view for young people and others.

The commitment to protect the protagonists of information and to protect all citizens from censorship must be based on the awareness of the value of free information as a basis for a growing sustainable development and an education in knowledge and comparison. This is the commitment of UNESCO Youth and this is the message that we will launch throughout Italy to celebrate the 2016 Human Rights Day.


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Emilia Romagna

Friuli Venezia Giulia










Trentino Alto Adige


Valle d’Aosta