CONSULTATION: proposal of themes for October 17 2018

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A brainstorming was held in New York to develop proposals for the theme for October 17, 2018. The informal working group agreed to propose the following themes for consideration and further consultation:

1. Ensuring that human rights are a reality for all: overcoming together the challenges of reaching those furthest behind.

2. Coming together with those furthest behind to build a world of universal respect for human rights and dignity.

Note on the themes

These two proposals reflect the fact that 2018 will mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which will be observed at the UN and around the world. In keeping with the defense of human rights at the core of the October 17 observance it is important for the 2018 IDEP theme to reinforce and highlight the relationship between the Day and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The proposed themes stress the criticality of ensuring that no one is left behind in all efforts to end poverty and to defend the human rights and dignity of people living in poverty. Therefore, the proposed themes stress the need to reach and include those "furthest behind".

The proposed themes have not included explicitly the issue of refugee and migrants but it is the intention that these concerns will be discussed in the concept note that accompanies the theme that is eventually selected.

Two questions:

-Which one of the two proposals do you feel more comfortable witt, expresses the best what’s important for you?
-Do they echo what you experience with the persons you meet and with whom you are committed? If yes, do you have examples or situations that illustrate one or the other proposal?

Your insights and comments about these two themes would be more than welcome in order for the ‘Working Group’ to continue the dialog with the United Nations.

We thank you, in advance, for your support and participation. All the best to you and those around you.