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Promote and protect the rights of people, urges UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
Human Rights Day was observed across the globe with the theme ''20 Years Working for Your Rights'' on December 10 this year. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated in his message, ''As we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, let us intensify our efforts to fulfill our collective responsibility to promote and protect the rights and dignity of all people everywhere.''

UN Human Rights Chief, Navi Pillay in her message said, "As we continue to strive towards a world that acknowledges the rights of all human beings, the Vienna Declaration and Plan of Action, adopted at the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna in 1993, still sets the agenda for much of our work. The Declaration, which led to historic advances in the promotion and protection of human rights, is the most significant overarching human rights document produced in the past 40 years."

Human Rights Day is observed by the international community on 10 December to commemorate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN Assembly in 1948. However, the formal inception of Human Rights Day dates back to 1950. The proclamation on human rights stresses as a universal human right to be enjoyed by one and all throughout the world.

According to the UN, although the Declaration has a broad range of political, civil, social, cultural and economic rights, but it is not a binding document. The document has over 60 human rights instruments, which together constitute an international standard of human rights.  

At the international level, the High Commissioner for Human Rights as the main United Nations rights official, has to play a key role in coordinating efforts for the yearly observation of Human Rights Day.

According to former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour, poverty prevails as the gravest human rights challenge in the world. He thinks that poverty eradication is an achievable goal.

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