The Universal Declaration of Humankind Rights has maintained its momentum throughout the month of March. The Declaration has welcomed new NGOs and associations to our list of signatories, along with a new ambassador, marking another step forward for the DHR.
New Friends of the DHR
At the 1st Sommet Mondial Citoyen (World Citizen Summit), Nathalie Kesler—President and Founder of Paris-based NGO ‘Pangée ONG’ as well as organiser of the Summit—signed the Declaration on behalf of her NGO.
The Declaration was also signed by another two associations. Raphaël Esrail, President of the Union des Déportés d’Auschwitz (Union of Deportees of Auschwitz; UDA) and Christoph Heubner, Co-President of the International Auschwitz Committee (IAC) co-signed the Declaration on the 15th of March. The UDA was founded in 2004 and brings together several associations of survivors derived from the former “Amicale d’Auschwitz” created in June 1945. The ICA was founded in 1952 by survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp. The ICA’s purpose is to coordinate national committees for the commemoration of the Holocaust.
The DHR has also welcomed a new ambassador: François Veillerette, co-founder, spokesperson and director of ‘Générations Futures’ (Future Generations). This association, founded in 1996, is an environmental protection association that has held accreditation from the Ministry of Ecology since 2008.
A Big Announcement for the DHR!
The UCLG Executive Committee has unanimously decided to support the DHR – marking a big step towards the ultimate goal of having it approved by the Member States of the UN.
Gathered in Montevideo on the 6th of April, the Executive Committee voted unanimously to ensure that the DHR be formally recognized. The signature of UCLG is scheduled to be added to the Declaration at an official event to be held in Durban in November. The soon to be signatory considered that the text was in line with UCLG’s strategy on ecological transition, intergenerational cohesion and peace-building. The Executive Board also approved the following recommendation: support the Universal Declaration of Humankind Rights so that it may soon be approved by the Member States of the UN.
This development marks a major step forward for the universal recognition of the DHR given that UCLG has a membership base of approximately 240,000 cities and local governments from around the world and which represent more than 5 billion people!