Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on December 10th. It commemorates the day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The formal inception of Human Rights Day dates from 1950, after the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V) inviting all States and interested organizations to adopt December 10th of each year as Human Rights Day.
When the General Assembly adopted the Declaration, with 48 states in favor and eight abstentions, it was proclaimed as a "common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations," towards which individuals and societies should "strive by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance." The Declaration with its broad range of political, social, cultural and economic rights has inspired more than 60 human rights instruments which together constitute an international standard of human rights. Today the general consent of all United Nations Member States on the basic Human Rights laid down in the Declaration makes it universal, relevant and essential for all.
The annual Article 3 Advisors Human Rights Day luncheon is a time to pause, reflect and focus on pressing human rights issues. A stimulating, thought provoking and engaging event is intended for philanthropists, activists, practitioners, civic leaders, and change agents who are oriented towards understanding complex issues, passing on knowledge and acting on solutions.