Swiss Initiative to Commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the UDHR - Protecting Dignity: An Agenda for Human Rights
The year 2008 marks the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Swiss Initiative aims to make a meaningful contribution, which takes the protection of human rights forward, rather than simply celebrating the drafting of this remarkable text. The Swiss Government decided to mark this event by initiating a process leading to the launching of an Agenda for Human Rights authored by a Panel of Eminent Persons.
The Initiative is designed to achieve two objectives: first, to set out some contemporary challenges to the enjoyment of human rights as perceived by the Panel, and second, to propose and support a research agenda with separate topics for selected research teams around the world.
The project is sponsored and financed by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Austria actively support the project.
The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights is responsible for the coordination and organisation of the Initiative.