To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the UDHR, this exhibit presents thirty key documents, each one expanding on and illustrating the specific human rights and fundamental freedoms proclaimed in each individual article comprising the Declaration.
The documents highlighted in this exhibit point to tremendous progress achieved, as well as to current challenges in the human rights arena: the protection of the rights of migrants and refugees, the right to a clean environment as a prerequisite for the enjoyment of other rights, tax abuse and modern forms of slavery as violations of human rights, or the obligation to remove obstacles in society that prevent persons with disabilities from fully enjoying their rights on an equal footing with others.
The exhibit suggests that the Declaration is indeed a living document and that, in the words of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, “…human rights are not impractical philosophical ideals. They are sound policy choices, which build strong, economically healthy, secure and peaceful societies.”
The archives of former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have been made available online for public consultation via the website of the United Nations Archives and Records Management Section. Unlike the official documents of the United Nations, which are available through the Dag Hammarskjöld Library, the Organization’s archives are comprised of its internal working papers. Typically, United Nations archives are only released after 20 years, but in this case, former Secretary-General Ban’s office worked with the Archives and Records Management Section to ensure that his archives were released as soon, and as widely, as possible. By making the former Secretary-General’s archives available for public consultation, the United Nations is effecting its commitment to transparency and accountability. Many of the Secretary-General’s records, even those which were marked Confidential or Strictly Confidential, are now open for review.
The Government has now published 3 key documents on the Brexit deal: a draft Withdrawal Agreement, an outline of the political declaration, and an explainer on the Northern Ireland Protocol. The same documents can also be found on the EU’s Taskforce 50 website. Read more
The UN Handbook is a valuable reference guide that helps everyone working with or within the United Nations navigate the UN system effectively.
The UN Handbook app makes the content more useable and accessible. An updated version of the app has now been released.
New Zealand has demonstrated its long-standing commitment and practical support for the United Nations by producing the UN Handbook since 1961.
Mobile app available to download
The UN Handbook was made available as a mobile app in 2013 to make the content more useable and accessible. An updated version of the app is now available.
Features of the updated UN Handbook app
- New 2018-19 content
- Updated for the latest versions of iOS and Android
- Improved loading speeds
- Text shown in app can be copied
- App can display as multi-window on Android devices
- Search the UN Handbook and see results listed by relevancy
- Quickly access lists of acronyms and abbreviations
- Bookmark regularly read information
- Access information in offline mode
United Nations Handook 2018-19 [PDF, 4.8 MB]
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Is the government on track to meet its legislative target of at least 800 Statutory Instruments by exit day? How many Brexit SIs are being laid before Parliament each week? Which departments are laying the most SIs? Which Acts of Parliament are being used to lay them? How many SIs actually amend Acts of Parliament? How is Parliament scrutinising the legislation? Find out the answers to these questions and more on this new data dashboard produced by the Hansard Society.
Pictured recently in Catalonia!! Good to know our 25th Anniversary tote bags, produced in 2014, are still going strong and are enjoying the sunshine whilst the rest of us are bracing ourselves for winter.
Keep your eyes open. You never know where one will pop up next.
For the first time in 2021, people in Scotland will be encouraged to fill out their census questionnaire primarily online, with support and help available for those who need it.
‘Plans for Scotland’s Census 2021’, published by National Records of Scotland, lays out proposals for how the census will be conducted and the questions it will ask.
Under the proposals, the census will ask new questions, including whether the respondent is a veteran. It is also proposed that questions on sexual orientation and transgender status and history will be asked. As set out in 2018-19 Programme for Government, a Bill will be introduced this parliamentary session to allow sexual orientation and transgender questions to be asked on a voluntary basis.