On 18 April, the Global Citizenship Commission (GCC) presented to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, the findings of its report on updating and implementing the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) for the world as it is today. Our Executive Director, Dimitrina Petrova, submitted a contribution on equality rights used in the compilation of the report, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the 21st Century.
The GCC is chaired by the former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, and has taken two years to gather its findings. The Commission comprises global leaders from the law, politics and philanthropy, including Amartya Sen, Mohamed El Baradei and Robert Rubin. You can view the report [here].
Our Executive Director, Dimitrina Petrova, contributed a memorandum on Article 7 of the UDHR, which concerns equality and the non-discrimination provision. In it, she outlines the triple status ascribed to the rights to equality and non-discrimination in the UDHR, and the evolution of the legal framework which underpins them. She reviews the progress made and challenges faced in implementing the rights to equality and non-discrimination, and makes a number of recommendations for realising these rights in the 21st Century. In particular, Dimitrina recommends that the UN embraces and promotes the Unified Human Rights Framework on Equality as expressed in the Declaration of Principles of Equality, which emphasises the integral role of equality in the enjoyment of all human rights. You can read Dimitrina’s submission in full [here].