From 22 to 23 May 2018, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the City of Vienna will be hosting the international high-level expert conference “Vienna+25: Building Trust – Making Human Rights a Reality for All” at Vienna City Hall. During these two days, human rights experts from all around the world will offer their perspective on current challenges and good practices in the promotion and protection of human rights.
The event commemorates the 25th anniversary of the World Conference on Human Rights, which took place in Vienna from 14 to 25 June 1993 and during which the landmark Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action was adopted. The World Conference affirmed the universality and indivisibility of human rights, determined the realisation of human rights as a priority objective for the international community and led, among other things, to the establishment of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and his office (OHCHR).
During the Vienna+25 conference, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, together with the Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria, Karin Kneissl, will deliver the opening address. The event will gather UN high-level representatives, regional/sub-regional/national/local human rights institutions, human rights defenders, independent human rights experts from civil society and academia, youth, private sector and government representatives.
In addition to high-level panel discussions, two parallel Working Groups will examine questions concerning Human Rights and Security, as well as the Promotion of Equality in our Societies. Discussions in each Working Group shall result in a number of short, practical recommendations addressed to States and other stakeholders for further action to promote human rights protection.
Global trends that will shape the human rights agenda of the next decades such as urbanisation, digitalisation, climate change or demographic changes, will be central to the talks. Cities as increasingly important human rights stakeholders will play an integral role in the Vienna+25 conference, with the Human Rights City Vienna being a co-host.
Please find further information on the conference website of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.