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12월 10일 세계 인권의 날 유네스코 사무총장 메시지(영문) 2018.12.1109:39
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Message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of Human Rights Day, 10 December 2018
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights embodies the deep yearning of humanity for freedom, justice and dignity. It is not the product of a single culture or tradition but a common foundation for all individuals to lead fulfilled lives, and for all peoples and all nations to live in peace. This year, we celebrate 70 years since the world’s nations came together to define this comprehensive set of inherent, inalienable and universal human rights.
Many of these rights underpin the promise of UNESCO’s constitution for “full and equal opportunities of education for all, in the unrestricted pursuit of objective knowledge and the free exchange of ideas”. Through education, the sciences, communication and culture, our mission is to promote peace and humanist values in the minds of men and women. This mission is as important now as when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was endorsed by the international community, as the world rebuilt itself from the rubble and trauma of two devastating world wars.
Our work is expanding the right to educational opportunities to those who have been left behind, particularly women and girls. We defend the right to freedom of expression, denouncing attacks on journalists and confronting messages of hatred. All people should enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its application. The right to water and sanitation, and a clean Ocean that protects livelihoods are of vital importance to human rights and are among our major priorities. UNESCO also protects and promotes fundamental cultural diversity, our shared heritage and contemporary forms of expression, which are the ultimate manifestations of our common humanity.
Unfortunately, once again in our time, human rights are under threat. Across the world, we see how easily they can be swept aside by dehumanising stereotypes and the rise of intolerant discourse. Conflict, violent extremism and natural disasters can cause chaos, undermining the rights of the most vulnerable in society. Emerging technologies, particularly artificial intelligence, also must be developed with full respect for human rights. We must remain ever vigilant that the progress made in the past 70 years is maintained, and UNESCO will continue to play its role being the leading international laboratory of ideas to tackle these challenges.
Eleanor Roosevelt, one of the lead authors of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, once said “you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one. You cannot make any useful contribution in life unless you do this”. On this important anniversary, let us each use this right.