Join us on December 6 as CSIS commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Arising out of a desire to prevent future atrocities following the horrors of World War II, the UDHR outlines a set of shared global values that seek to protect “the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family.” As the UDHR reaches its 75th anniversary, these values have never been under greater threat. Expanding conflict, backsliding democracy, and the dawn of a new era of geopolitical competition are all straining the post-World War II legal order and putting human rights increasingly at risk. At the same time, the past 75 years have seen a remarkable evolution in efforts to expand human rights protections against new threats and for far more people. In this context, the United States continues to play a pivotal role in promoting respect for the principles that underpin the UDHR.
This event will have the option for both in-person and online participation. In-person participants are welcome to join a post-conference reception from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.
This event is made possible through the generous support of the Open Society Foundations.
Speaker to be announced.
Panel 1: The United States and the Universal Declaration
This panel will examine how the United States has incorporated the UDHR’s principles into foreign policy decision-making over the years and across administrations. Panelists will reflect on the role of the United States in promoting human rights across the globe, assess the evolution of the international order, and understand how the U.S. can continue to meaningfully engage with existing and emerging threats to human rights.
- Amb. Anne Patterson, Former Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern and North African Affairs at the Department of State & Ambassador to Egypt and Pakistan
- The Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Senior Advisor, Akin Gump & former Member of Congress
- Roberta Cohen, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights, the First Bureau of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Moderated by Derek Mitchell, Senior Adviser (Non-resident), Office of the President, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Panel 2: New Actors and Emerging Issues in Human Rights
This panel will explore the increasing importance and responsibility of non-state actors on setting the global human rights agenda, promoting practices that place human rights protection as a priority, and addressing the emerging threats to human rights.
- Nury Turkel, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute and Commissioner and Former Chair, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
- Jason Pielemeier, Executive Director, Global Network Initiative
Moderated by Marti Flacks, Khosravi Chair in Principled Internationalism and Director, Human Rights Initiative, Center for Strategic and International Studies