Human Rights in the UNESCO Courier
Of all the specialized agencies of the United Nations, none is more essentially concerned than UNESCO with the maintenance and development of human rights. The very terms of UNESCO's Constitution impose on the Organization the duty or fighting against the agents of discord and war through education, science and culture and modern means of communication. The Organization's final aim is to help maintain peace and human happiness. Now what can threaten human rights more directly than war and warlike tendencies? Or, on the other hand, what can be a stronger force for peace than the unhampered development of every nation and every man? The maintenance or peace and the advancement of human happiness are therefore two tasks indissolubly linked, always to be considered together; they are in fact two aspects of the same ideal ‒ the attainment of human rights.
In 1947 and 1948, UNESCO made a remarkable intervention into the emerging field of human rights during the transitional period leading up to the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948. The Organization decided to conduct a global survey among a diverse group of intellectuals, political leaders, theologians, social activists and others, in order to discover the universal “principles on which might be founded a modern declaration of the Rights of Man.”
Learn more about this unprecedented initiative in our October-December 2018 issue: Human rights: Back to the Future.
Discover our issues on Human Rights
- Human rights: a thorny path, November 2008
- Human rights: the struggle continues, October 1998
- Human Rights: The Unfinished Task, March 1994
- Teaching human rights: education's fourth 'R', October 1978
- Bartolomé de Las Casas: champion of Indian rights in 16th century Spanish America, June 1975
- Human rights ? 40 million child-workers in the world today, October 1973
- The Threat to privacy 25th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, July 1973
- Human Rights Tomorrow, November 1968
- 1968 International Year for Human Rights, January 1968
- Human Rights for All, December 1963
- Are women inferior beings?, November 1955
- December 10: Human Rights Day, November 1953
- Human Rights Day, December 10, November 1952
- Human Rights issue, December 1951
- The Rights of Man, October 1949
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