Message for Human Rights Day 2021 from UNACTO President Staci Benny

Human Rights Day marks the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and is a reminder every December that we must continue to protect and ensure the inalienable rights entitled to every person.

As we close off 2021 and head into 2022, we are one year closer to the 2030 deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At its core, the SDGs work together to maintain the promises set forth in the Declaration.

Although progress has been made in many areas, threats to human dignity and rights still persist. Whether we are tackling a health or climate crisis, like we see happening now, equality is key to advancing human rights all over the world. Today, UN Women also wraps up their 16 Days of Activism campaign to end gender-based violence, a shadow pandemic that grew under COVID-19 across the globe. It is yet another reminder that we must do better.

We can make sure that no one is left behind: that access to food, shelter, healthcare and education for all is guaranteed by working towards the 17 SDGs.

Today and all days, stand up for human rights.