Thursday, December 10, 2015

United Nations Human Rights Day Celebrated At Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park Today - Flower Laying Ceremony And Honoring The Memory Of Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt

The United Nations reports on a Human Rights Day Celebration at Roosevelt Island's FDR Four Freedoms Park today:

10 December
Flower laying ceremony at the Four Freedoms Park

A symbolic event to mark Human Rights Day and honour the memories of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, two major advocates for the United Nations

Roosevelt Island, Four Freedoms Park, 12:30 p.m.

This year Human Rights Day highlights 'Freedoms,' recalling the four freedoms that underlie the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and two major human rights covenants. In his “four freedoms speech” in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt offered a vision. His wife, Eleanor, was instrumental in helping that vision finds its way into human rights treaties.


Ambassador William vanden Heuvel, Chairman of the Four Freedoms Park
Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Penny Abeywardena, New York City Commissioner for International Affairs

Moderator: Cristina Gallach, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information
The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse reports:
UPDATE 12/11 - The transcript of Human Rights Day remarks at Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park by UN Deputy Secretary General and: