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Universal Declaration of Human Rights







Welcome to the Guide on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights !

This guide will help you find resources focusing on the Declaration. It provides links to relevant documents related to the history and the drafting process of the Declaration. It also highlights the collections of the UN Library at Geneva on the topic - both print and online resources (books and articles). In addition, key UN Resources, websites, news feeds (RSS, twitter) and videos have been selected by your UN librarians to help you to keep up-to-date on this subject.

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70!

UDHR70LogoOn 10 December 2018, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) will turn 70!  Join the United Nations libraries in Geneva and New York in marking this important anniversary!


In Geneva, visit the exhibition “UDHR70”, organized by the Library of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Library at Geneva. Follow the UDHR adoption through the original drafting documents from the UNOG Archives and see why the UDHR is the most translated document in the world. Versions in different languages and in braille, a stamp issued by the UN Postal Service on the occasion of the 500th translation of the UDHR, books, posters and flyers belonging to the UDHR Permanent Exhibit at OHCHR are all on display. The exhibition "UDHR70" is on from October 2018 until March 2019 (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) at the Museum of the United Nations at Geneva, Palais des Nations, B Building, 1st floor. Info: +41(0)22 9174660.


Do you want to learn  about the impact of the UDHR and its lasting legacy? The Dag Hammarskjöld Library in New York has prepared an all new online exhibition "UDHR70: 30 Articles - 30 Documents" and a related video for you to watch. Explore 30 key documents related to the 30 articles of the UDHR and become an expert!

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Find the UHDR in your language!

The Universal Declaration for Human Rights has been translated into more than 500 languages. Find it in your language, for your country or for your region using a new interface offered by the Library of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The Declaration is also available in four sign languages - English (UK), Portuguese, Spanish (Caribbean) and Tetum.

Contact the OHCHR Library for more information:

Guides and websites on human rights

Human Rights News (OHCHR)

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