Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10th – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. SUNY Old Westbury is a United Nations Academic Impact College, and supports the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
After a year marked by the 30th anniversary celebrations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which culminated on November 20, 2019, the plan is to capitalise on the current momentum and spotlight the leadership role of youth in collective movements as a source of inspiration for a better future.
Under the generic call to action "Stand Up for Human rights," the aim is to celebrate the potential of youth as constructive agents of change, amplify their voices, and engage a broad range of global audiences in the promotion and protection of rights. The campaign, led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), is designed to encourage, galvanise, and showcase how youth all over the world stand up for rights and against racism, hate speech, bullying, discrimination, and climate change, to name a few.