2018 marks the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is a special opportunity to reaffirm the inalienable rights to which every human being is entitled.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948, is a milestone document and guides the thinking and action of the entire UN System. It also informs the Sustainable Development Agenda and its goals (the SDGs), and is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.

The UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet) will naturally take part in this worldwide commemoration to help promote understanding of how the Universal Declaration empowers people. Teaching and Learning about human rights has been at the core of the ASPnet since its origins, in 1953. Associated schools will mark the anniversary year by continuing and deepening their educational initiatives which include reflections and discussions on how everyone can stand up for rights, every day and everywhere.

The year-long campaign was launched by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNESCO on 12 December 2017.