28 Jan

In 2018 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70!

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document, which underpins all international human rights law and inspires us to continue to work to ensure all people can gain freedom, equality and dignity.

And in 2018, the UDHR turns 70.

The UDHR was drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all the regions of the world and was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on the 10th December 1948. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.

The first Human Rights and Poverty Stone was unveiled by ATD International on 17 October 1987 in the very place the UDHR was proclaimed (The Palais Chaillot close to the Eiffel Tower)!

Screen shot of new UDHR 70 website









“The Universal Declaration has helped countless people gain greater freedoms and equality,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. “Violations have been prevented; independence and autonomy have been attained. While not all the promises of the Universal Declaration have been fulfilled, many people have been able to secure essential rights and freedoms and put an end to discrimination.”

The UN Human Rights Office kicked off the celebration of Declaration with the launch of website that gives access to information about the UDHR and actions and events at the click of a mouse.

The website features a closer look at each of the 30 articles of the Declaration, as well as a section where you can download UDHR related materials – such as posters, the special commemorative logo and banners.

There are also suggestions for how you can join us to make a difference for stronger respect, greater freedom and more compassion.

You can “Take Action” to promote, engage and reflect on the UDHR, with targeted activities and social media posts.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and right, as stated in Article 1 of the Universal Declaration. Join us. Stand up for human rights.

16 Jan

MLK Day: the “I Have A Dream” website is live!

Since the 15th January 2018, Martin Luther King Day in the USA, the new website www.ihaveadream.ie is officially live.

The website is manage by the new ATD Ireland Youth Group “Unity in the Community” (UCYG).

In 2018, year marking the 50th anniversary of the passing of MLK, the UCYG will explore the legacy of MLK and is initiating a project designed to create a new space in Ireland for young people between the ages of 18-25 to find their voice as leaders and to explore the inequalities of poverty in the context of their own life. A creative writing campaign to encourage young people to write a speech inspired by MLK’s legacy to address the inequalities in Ireland today.

MLK was a dreamer, he dreamt of abolishing poverty. He dreamt of a day when those suffering from poverty, inequalities and racism could one day find voice and strength together to stand up and be heard, to be equal. His legacy and his words referencing challenges faced by society 50 years ago, are still all too relevant in today’s world.

MLK once said “The curse of poverty has no justification in our age…The time has come for us to civilise ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolishment of poverty”. Here we are over 50 years later and still faced with the same challenge. Poverty still has no justification in our age or any age.

Give voice to your dreams. We can’t wait to hear them!

The UCYG is ready to take on the challenges set out by MLK. The first step is to find voice. The UCYG has dreams, dreams like MLK. With them ATD wants to know, are there others young people out there with big dreams? What are your dreams? What do you want to say?

Keep your eyes peeled for announcements and key dates including: news about the project ambassador, how to take part, workshops, the official launch and much much more!

This project is supported by
the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund!