hrconference.jpg20 May 2009. Kyiv, Ukraine United Nations System in Ukraine and Kyiv International Relations Institute held an international conferenceUniversal Declaration on Human Rights: International Law and Historical Development”.

hrconference.jpg20 May 2009. Kyiv, Ukraine United Nations System in Ukraine and Kyiv International Relations Institute held an international conferenceUniversal Declaration on Human Rights: International Law and Historical Development”.

hrconf.jpg20 May 2009. Kyiv, Ukraine United Nations System in Ukraine and Kyiv International Relations Institute held an international conferenceUniversal Declaration on Human Rights: International Law and Historical Development”.

Leading human rights experts participated in the conference, among them were Jeremy HARTLEY, UN Resident Coordinator a.i., UNICEF Representative, Oleksandr GORIN, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ukraine, Volodymyr VASYLENKO, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ukraine, Ukraine’s representative at the UN Council on Human Rights, Professor of the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine, Dr. hab. in Law , Anatoliy ZLENKO, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (1990-1994, 2000-2003), Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Ukraine, Professor of the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine, PhD in political sciences, Vasyliy TERESHCHUK, Head of International Relations Department, Office of Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, and other UN System in Ukraine representatives, such as Jeffrey LABOVITZ, Larysa KOBELYANSKA and Andriy HAYDAMASHKO.

“The Conference will become another contribution into the waorld campaign on human rights education, - said Professor Valeriy KOPIYKA, Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University International Relations Institute Director a.i., PhD in Political Science. – Unfortunately today despite the general recognition of human rights be all states, their violation still takes place. Society always faces new challenges and by solving them it provides for the dynamic human rights development. That’s why the struggle for implementation of our rights goes one. Let’s hope that today’s conference will allow understanding the importance of human rights protection as inalienable human achievement”.

«The human rights challenge is a cross-cutting dimension present in all activities, programmes and projects implemented by the UN System in Ukraine. 13 UN Agencies working in the different areas use a human rights-based approach in operation and fulfillment of their mandates. I will mention some of them: ILO – in promotion of rights at work; UNICEF - in protection of children’s rights; UNDP – in realization of rights for development, participation, gender equality; WHO - in promoting the right to health; and UNHCR - in defending the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, IOM – in protection of migrants’ rights», - said Jeremy HARTLEY, UN Resident Coordinator a.i., UNICEF Representative.

Speakers of the conference presented not historical aspects of adoption and promotion of Universal Declaration on Human Rights as well as practical aspects of human rights protection in Ukraine.

During the conference reports on the following topics were presented: “The UN: Modern challenges in the Human Rights sphere”, “The Role of the UN Human Rights Council in the mechanism of international human rights protection”, “Human Rights in transitional societies of thenew democracies” (experience of Ukraine and CIS countries)”, “ Soviet diplomacy andthe UN Declaration on Human Rights””, “Diversity Initiative: popularization of inter-cultural dialogue and uniting efforts of the Government and civil society”, “20 years of the UN Convention of Childrens Rights: current situation of the childrens rights in Ukraine”, “Protection of rights of people, living with HIV”, “Gender rights: installation and development”, “Right for life as the integral natural Human Right”.

To obtain final Conference materials, please contact Victoria Andrievska, United Nations Communications Officer, at +38 044 254 0035 or via e-mail: victoria.andrievska@unic.org.