UN Human Rights Day 10.12.2020


UN Human Rights Day logo 2020

UN Human Rights Day is celebrated every year on the 10th of December. The objective of the day is to serve as a reminder of the human rights we enjoy every day.

The theme for this year’s Human Rights Day is “Recover better”. The theme relates to building back better after the Covid-19 crisis while ensuring that human rights are central to recovery efforts.

There are four measures mentioned for building back better:

  • Ending discrimination of any kind: Structural discrimination and racism have fuelled the Covid-19 crisis. Equality and non-discrimination are core requirements for a post-Covid world.
  • Addressing inequalities: To recover from the crisis, we must also address the inequality pandemic. For that, we need to promote and protect economic, social, and cultural rights. We need a new social contract for a new era.
  • Encouraging participation and solidarity: We are all in this together. From individuals to governments, from civil society and grass-roots communities to the private sector, everyone has a role in building a post-COVID world that is better for present and future generations. We need to ensure the voices of the most affected and vulnerable inform the recovery efforts.
  • Promoting sustainable development: We need sustainable development for people and planet. Human rights, the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement are the cornerstone of a recovery that leaves no one behind.


The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights video for Human Rights Day 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nY2NrJLIlk


UN website for Human Rights Day https://www.un.org/en/observances/human-rights-day