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The UDHR at 75: A Conversation with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk

April 18, 2023 • 9:00 – 10:00 am EDT

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This year marks seventy-five years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted. This iconic document was born out of the ashes of the Second World War to try to address many of the root causes of that conflict so that future conflicts could be prevented. It envisioned a world in which human beings can flourish free from fear or want and suggests that human rights, across the full spectrum of civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights,  provide a blueprint both for preventing conflict and for promoting sustainable peace and development.

Please join the CSIS Human Rights Initiative for an armchair conversation with Volker Türk, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, on the occasion of his first official visit to Washington in this role. Mr. Türk has devoted his long and distinguished career to advancing universal human rights. Prior to this, Mr. Türk was the Under-Secretary-General for Policy in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General where he coordinated global policy work and, before that, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. The conversation will be moderated by CSIS Human Rights Initiative Director Marti Flacks, and will include Mr. Turk’s reflections on the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 5th anniversary of the United Nations/World Bank Group joint report Pathways for Peace: Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict, and the security benefits of investing in human rights. An audience Q&A will follow.

This event was made possible through general support to CSIS.

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Volker Türk
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Marti Flacks

​Marti Flacks

Former Khosravi Chair in Principled Internationalism and Former Director, Human Rights Initiative