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Sixty Years Of The Declaration Of Human Rights: Theory And Reality In The Pursuit Of The United Nations Agenda

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched a yearlong campaign in December 2007, in which all parts of the United Nations (UN) family took part in the lead up to the 60th birthday celebrations of the Declaration of Human Rights Day on 10 December 2008. UN organizations around the globe used the year to focus on helping people everywhere to learn about human rights. 'Sixty Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Theory and Reality in the Pursuit of a United Nations Agenda' begins with a discussion of the theory, (i.e. the origins, substance and rationale) of the Declaration. There are three important theoretical points in the process of negotiating the Declaration. First, the Declaration is a model of international negotiation. Second, the Declaration is truly universal. Third, the Declaration is designed to serve as the foundation of international law for human rights.

Keywords: Declaration of Human Rights; United Nations (UN) Agenda



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