World Philosophy Day - Philosophical events for the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

When :

from Friday 16 November, 2018
to Saturday 17 November, 2018

Type of event :

Special Event

Where :

UNESCO Headquarters, 125 avenue de Suffren, 75007, Paris, France

Contact :

John Crowley,

During the whole day, a series of events will offer philosophical angles on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In order to affirm the global character of World Philosophy Day, a video link will run throughout the day (from 9 am to 7 pm) connecting through the time zones to various UNESCO field offices hosting events.

9am – 10am | Almaty
12pm – 1pm | Yaoundé & Abuja
1pm – 2pm | Kaslik (3 speakers on the theme of « l’étranger »)
2pm – 3pm | Dakar (video showing what happened during their celebration of WPD on the 15th)
4.30pm – 5.30pm | Wapikoni (Ville de Québec) (room IX)
3pm – 5pm | Fez
5pm – 6pm | Kingston
6pm – 7pm | Buenos Aires (5 women on “Rethinking universal human rights 70 years after its adoption”)

9am – 7pm | A series of seminars involving eminent philosophers in dialogue with youth will be held throughout the day, each focusing on an aspect of the connection between philosophy and human rights.

L’Art, outil de Dialogue, by Mémoire de l’Avenir
9am – 1pm | Conference and Workshop
• 20 to 25-minute lecture in English on the use of the arts as tools for dialogue in different fields of society, such as lifelong learning, including questions of citizenship and living together, articulated on ethical and philosophical issues.
• Training, in French, lasting 3 to 4 hours, taking up the fundamentals of the training given by Mémoire de l'Avenir each year to artists, teachers or various social actors, to introduce them to the issues related to discrimination and living together in multicultural societies, around different issues of citizenship and living together, articulated on ethical and philosophical issues.
2pm – 7pm | Projections videos
The Arts & Society installation ideally includes 2 videos: one is the presentation of the project (12 min.), the second all the selected projects (about 150 videos).

9am – 2.30pm | Ville de Québec
In addition, at the initiative of the Representation of Quebec, youth-led activities will be implemented, including the live creation of an artwork in the morning, to be exhibited throughout the afternoon and Night.

11am - 12.30am | Round table on "Philosophy and Human Rights"
With: - Danièle Lochak, Professor Emeritus of Public Law at Paris-X Nanterre University
- Fátima Hurtado López, Doctor of Philosophy, specialist of the thought of the Argentine philosopher Enrique Dussel.
- Pénélope Dufourt, Philosophy student
The discussion will focus on what philosophy can bring as new reflections on the meaning, scope and effectiveness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the occasion of its 70th anniversary.

3pm – 4.30pm | Virtual dialogue on Youth & Philosophy
A global dialogue about youth practicing philosophy in the modern world in order to create social change in their communities. Young people from around the world connect digitally to share their PhiloTalk stories about their projects and work.
The participants are young philosophers or youth that work in the field of philosophy.

4pm – 6pm | Panel Discussion: “Technology, Territories and Power”
- Anish Mohammed (Cryptologist, Royal Holloway)
- Shaj Mohan (Philosopher, India)
- Anne Alombert (Philosopher of Technology, Paris Nanterre University)
Followed by Q&A.

5pm-7pm | "Philo: new generation", 85-minute film. The guests are Edwige Chiroutier and Cilvy Aupin, producer of "Milly Miss Questions", children's philosophy series broadcast on France 5. The directors, Brigitte Pätzold and Christian Mrasilevici, will also be present at the debate on the theme: "Why and how to philosophize with children? "

Play Parminou “Qui a tué Freebird?
2:30pm-4:15pm | First presentation of a play on prevention of violent extremism + discussion with the audience
7pm-8pm | Second presentation of the play

6pm-7.30pm | Artificial Intelligence
"Philosophical Reflection on Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights"
With the participation of:
- Professor (Mr) Peter-Paul Verbeek (moderator), member of COMEST (World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology of UNESCO), Professor of Philosophy of Technology, University of Twente, co-Scientific Director, DesignLab, University of Twente (Netherlands)
- Professor (Mrs) Marie-Hélène Parizeau, COMEST Chairperson, Professor of Philosophy, Université Laval (Québec)
- Professor (Mrs) Vanessa Nurock, Associate Professor in Politcal Theory and Ethics, Paris 8 University
- Professor (Mr) Sang Wook Yi, COMEST Member, Professor of Philosophy, Hanyang University
Interpretation will be available in English and French.