This conference, in commemoration of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 8, 1948, assesses the problems, progress and prospects for universal human rights in the 21st century. In an era when UN member states have endorsed a responsibility to protect while refugees flee violence in Darfur and elsewhere, the gap between rhetoric and reality remains vast. What does the future hold as we mark this 60th anniversary of the UDHR?
Conference panelists include UN insiders as well as representatives from the NGO and scholarly community. They will discuss the overall role of the UN in bolstering universal human rights, the politics of human rights promotion, humanitarian practice at the UN, the role of NGOs and civil society, and the prospects for embedding human rights into authoritative international law.
Adelphi University is the perfect venue to host a day of reflection on human rights. Adelphi is located near Lake Success on Long Island, where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was drafted by Eleanor Roosevelt and others. In addition, Adelphi has NGO status with the United Nations, a long-running Ambassadorial Lecture Series, and has hosted several UN conferences, including in 2005 the conference on the United Nations and Collective Security and an annual Teaching for Peace conference co-sponsored by the United Nations.
Schedule of the Conference
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Panel 1: The UN and Human Rights: Politics and Practice Ms. Gillian Sorensen, Senior Advisor and National Advocate, United Nations Foundation. Mr. Emanuele Giaufret, European Commission Delegation to the United Nations Mr. Andrew Whitley, Director, UNRWA Liaison Office, United Nations, New York.
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Panel 2: Civil Society, Rule of Law and the Prospects for Universal Human Rights. Ms. Yvonne Terlingen, Amnesty International Representative to the United Nations. John Washburn, Convenor, American NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court. Dr. Donald J. Puchala, Charles L. Jacobsen Professor of International Studies, University of South Carolina.