Launch of new website for 20th anniversary of the UN Human Rights Office

11 October – As part of the activities to celebrate our 20th Anniversary, the UN Human Rights Office is today launching a special website, which includes an interactive timeline of key events in the human rights field over the past 20 years. 

The website features background information about the World Vienna Conference in 1993 and the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, which called for the establishment of a UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. It also provides information on special events planned all over the world to celebrate the 20th Anniversary and Human Rights Day 2013, and offers easy access to a range of tools and promotional material.

Other features include a list of 20 major human rights achievements, videos, messages and feature stories, as well as the interactive timeline that starts with the adoption of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action on 25 June 1993 and describes 64 major human rights milestones in the 20 years since then in an easy-to-read format.  Each key event is illustrated by audio visual material, feature stories or media content related to that specific issue. This list is not exhaustive but attempts to put focus on some of the most significant achievements in the field of human rights over the course of the past two decades.

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