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Bringing Human Rights Home. One Young World Summit culminates in powerful declaration

1800 young high potentials from all over the world adopted 40 commitments to improve the human rights situation in their own streets, cities and countries. This ‘Bringing Human Rights Home’ legacy initiative took place during last week’s One Young World Summit in the Hague. Cordaid and Kompass facilitated the event.

(Adoption of the The Hague Declaration on Human Rights in Action, during the closing session of the One Young World Summit. © One Young World)

The ‘Bringing human rights home’ initiative was one of the summit’s events. It culminated in the adoption of the powerful The Hague Youth Declaration on Human Rights in Action. Powerful, because for once its signatories do not call upon other parties to act, but pledge to act themselves. And because it is the first international human rights declaration of its kind.

Young activists who helped to shape the Declaration on what it means to ‘bring human rights home’:

The city of The Hague – international city of peace and justice and ‘home to human rights’- hosted this year’s One Young World summit. This only added lustre to the human rights initiative.

1800 One Young World ambassadors adopt Declaration

To start with, Cordaid and Kompass invited 40 young human rights defenders from different parts of the globe to attend this year’s One Young World summit. Then, in 3 intense sessions, they formulated 40 personal human rights commitments that help to put human rights law and jurisprudence into action.

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One of the drafting sessions of the The Hague Declaration on Human Rights in Action (© Fleur Beemster/Cordaid)

All young activists took the 70 year old Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a guideline to act, to change things and to prevent human rights violations. This work resulted in the The Hague Declaration. In the closing session of the summit, all 1800 One Young World participants adopted the Declaration. For this, they used the flashlights of their mobile phones. Later this year, the Declaration will be presented to the United nations.

Read more about Cordaid’s Security & Justice program. Or about One Young World, the global forum for young leaders around the world.