#StandUp4HumanRights in focus as the Ministry for Foreign Affairs marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On 10 December, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights celebrates its 70th anniversary. But democracy and human rights are still under threat around the world. Via the #StandUp4HumanRights communications campaign, the MFA in Stockholm, missions abroad and partners are highlighting human rights in various ways – with the aim of creating opinion and reminding decision-makers to live up to their commitments.

The Declaration was drafted by diplomats of different religious, cultural and legal backgrounds from all regions of the world. One of the them was Eleanor Roosevelt from the United States
The Declaration was drafted by diplomats of different religious, cultural and legal backgrounds from all regions of the world. One of the them was Eleanor Roosevelt from the United States Photo: UN Photo/Kari Berggrav

- Human rights, democracy and the principles of the rule of law are at the core of Sweden’s foreign policy and permeate our operations in both word and deed. At a time when the rules-based multilateral international order is being challenged, it is particularly important that we dare to stand up for these principles, says Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström. 

In connection with the anniversary on 10 December, many missions abroad are holding seminars or events with the aim of supporting and increasing awareness about the principles set out in the Universal Declaration. Since the 70th anniversary coincides with Nobel Day, the MFA is also cooperating with the Nobel Foundation to highlight the fact that human rights are a precondition for research and science.