Come and discover more about the organizations that will take part in the International Careers Fair, a completely free event that will take place in Rome on 11 and 12 March, organized by the Giovani nel mondo association, an association that for years has been committed to the promotion of activities for young people interested in emerging in the broad scenario of international relations.

 

Do not waste any more time, here you can find the link to register for free to the International Careers Fair: Form

  

Let’s find out something more about UNHCR:

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was created in 1950, in the aftermath of the Second World War, to help millions of Europeans who had fled or lost their homes. Today, 68 years later, the organization is still at work and protects and assists refugees all over the world. In 1954, UNHCR won the Nobel Peace Prize for fundamental work in Europe.

The beginning of the 21st century saw UNHCR help in the main refugee crises in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. UNHCR was also asked to use its expertise to help many internally displaced people from conflicts and expand their role in helping stateless people.

UNHCR now has more than 16,765 employees. It works in a total of 138 countries and the budget, which in its first year was $ 300,000, grew to $ 6.54 billion in 2016.

 In 2015 he celebrated the 65th anniversary. During his life, UNHCR has helped over 50 million refugees to start their lives successfully.

Primary purpose at UNHCR is to safeguard the rights and well-being of people who have been forced to flee. Together with partners and communities, UNHCR works to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another country also striving to secure lasting solutions.

For over half a century, UNHCR has helped millions of people to restart their lives. They include refugees, returnees, stateless people, the internally displaced and asylum-seekers.

 

Participate in the Fair and you will have the opportunity to get in touch with this dynamic and multicultural company! Don’t miss this great opportunity! Join the Fair to find out more about UNHCR but first don’t forget to fill in the registration form. See you in Rome the 11th and the 12th March at the International Careers Fair!

Don't miss the opportunities offered by UNHCR: The UNHCR is looking for a Social Media Officer!

 

 

 

 

 

 "Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. [...] Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Today, December 10th, the International Human Rights Day occurs just as every year. It is an important day for human beings, all of them, and despite those rights  being also known as fundamental rights of every human being, men, women, children, without making differentiations based on race, gender, language, religion ... unfortunately they are not yet recognized as they should. That 10th of December 1948, when the United Nations Assembly proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was drawn up by people with different and distant cultural backgrounds, we have been shown instead how we can be aware of what is right or wrong and how we can be united after a tragic and wearying event like World War II. This December 10th though adds something more; the Universal Declaration of Human Rights celebrates its 70th birthday. This merry event cheers us up a little and reminds us that this valuable document based on dignity, equality and respect towards and for all individuals, affects us closely and if we get to know it and appreciate it will empower us to assert our most important rights and values. The United Nations commemorates this day with numerous events around the world; from Europe to Africa, from the United States to Asia and back to South America. These events can be consulted on the website edited ad hoc by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights - OHCHR - which promotes the 'Stand up 4 Human Rights' campaign which, in this digitalized era, has been diligently furnished with the related tag #Standup4humanrights. In Italy this day  will also be commemorated in 80 Italian cities by a torchlight procession organized by some of the major well known NGOs such as ActionAid, Amnesty International Italy, Caritas, EMERGENCY, Oxfam, which invite people to join the event which carries the title ‘Diritti a testa alta’, #Dirittiatestaalta, with the message that "today more than ever it is urgent to recover the principles of humanity and civil cohabitation that are the fundamentals of the Declaration and that the rhetoric of fear is trying to dismantle". The list of  the citys' squares is available at this link. We therefore welcome the invitation that the organizations from all over the world pass on to us; let’s use this day to think about the immense power that the Declaration bestows on humanity above all in the valorization of dignity.

 

Edited by Ludovica Mango

 

For curiosities about a breaf history of the Declaration read our article: Human Rights History in pills in the section International Organizations

"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and must act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. »
This is what is mentioned in the first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights signed in Paris on December 10th, 1948, whose drafting was promoted by the United Nations for application in all member states. The Declaration of Human Rights is an ethical code of fundamental historical importance: for the first time in the history of humanity, in fact, a document that concerned all the people of the world without distinction was produced; for the first time it was written that there are rights that every human being must be able to enjoy for the only reason of existing. Every year on December 10th the International Day of Human Rights is celebrated, to commemorate the proclamation  of this important document.

The aim of this day is to educate and raise awareness about respect for men as such and to remember the steps taken by society towards the respect of all human beings, against slavery and the abolition of individual rights. It is no coincidence that the day presents itself as a moment of confrontation and reflection to pay tribute to all human rights defenders who, through their actions, struggle to put an end to discrimination and injustice.
In 1993, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) was established to protect and promote human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration.
The Declaration of Human Rights serves as an inspiring muse for another international treaty, namely the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR); adopted in the Council of Europe and signed in Rome on the 4th of November 1950, it can be defined as the purest and most complete form of protection of human rights, as it is legally binding. This Convention has made possible the creation of the European Court of Human Rights in 1959, which is based in Strasbourg and has as its main objective the respect of the rights established by the same Cedu. To protect human rights in Europe, the European Union Agency for Human Rights was set up in 2007, as an evolution of the European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia.

Human rights are the foundations of freedom, peace, development and justice and it is essential to make laws to protect and support human rights, just as men and women who are courageously struggling to protect their own and others' rights.

A number of UN peacekeeping operations have a human rights component. In total, UN activities in the field of human rights are currently carried out on the territory of 30 nations. They contribute to strengthening national capacities in the areas of human rights legislation, administration and education; investigate violations that are reported and assist governments in taking corrective measures where they are needed. The International Day of Human Rights is therefore one of the flagship events in the calendar of the United Nations headquarters and is honored with high-profile political conferences and cultural events such as exhibitions or concerts on the subject of human rights. Furthermore, the two most important awards in this field are traditionally attributed in this day, namely the UN Human Rights Prize, awarded in New York, and the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. We also have links to the Vienna Declaration and Action Program (VDPA) adopted by the Vienna World Conference on Human Rights in 1993; this meeting marked a fundamental moment to reaffirm the importance of the value of cooperation and to develop awareness of the North-South cleavage, as well as constituted a significant turning point in attitudes towards women.
Until now, human rights have rarely figured in the diagnoses or recipes suggested by the international community; instead, it would be good for governments to invest in human rights with the same conviction with which they invest in economic recovery.
The international law is clear: "Whoever you are, wherever you live, your voice counts".

 

Useful Links: some of the international organizations and NGO’s which are involved directly in human rights:

- United Nations Office of the High Commissiones for Human Rights - OHCHR

- European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

- Corte Europea dei Diritti dell'Uomo

- Amnesty International

- Human Rights Watch

- Human Rights Action Center

- OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

- Human Rights Without Frontiers

- Asian Human Rights Commision

- African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

- Council of Europe

 

Read our article dedicated to the International Day of Human Rights: 10th of December 2018: 70 years of Human Rights Day in the section International Organizations





 

When Paolo Petrocelli, 32, takes the stage at the last session of the Open Ceremony of the International Careers Festival at the Auditorium della Tecnica, everyone is impressed by his young age. After having heard distinguished professionals, among which the Minister Plenipotentiary Francesca Tardioli and the Director of Human Resources at FAO Monika Altmaier, no one would have ever imagined to be impressed by the last speech of the inauguration.

With a natural approach, he humbly starts his dissertation on “Youth and the UN” in front of more than one thousand young students gathered at the imposing conference hall of Confindustria. From the very beginning, his speech reveals an extraordinary personality and a remarkable curriculum. Indeed, his intervention results in being far more inspiring than a simple presentation.

With his charisma, he introduces the UNESCO institution, founded in 1945 with the aim of spreading worldwide peace and dialogue through education, science and culture. He stresses the fact that the organisation was created in war time, when the only purpose people had was surviving from the harsh World War II. Petroncelli puts the focus on the values that the different ministers of education, collected in 1943 to fight Nazis through the promotion of culture, were trying to convey while creating the organisation. After seventy years, the same creativity and desire motivate him to act. He is concerned about the interaction of the organisation and youth and he personally aims at promoting the cooperation among the two.

Therefore, he was nominated Youth Delegate for the National Committee for UNESCO at the Paris Congress in 2011, where he represented Italy at the 7th Global Youth Forum.  The main issue discussed was the understanding on how young people could access UNESCO, in order to boost the change in our societies in a collaborative environment.

Six years ago, his motivation has driven him to the brilliant idea of proposing the foundation of the first Youth Committee of UNESCO in Italy. “We wanted to let our voices be heard from the UN in Paris” he claims, and that is what actually happened: with the implementation of his project, the Youth Committee of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO was founded and the First National Assembly took place in Rome on 15-16 January 2016.

“I didn’t want to wait for an opportunity to come. I wanted to act.” That is the ultimate message he launches to the young audience. While considering the idea of creating an opportunity for youth to be an active part of UNESCO, he has made an impact on the system.

 

By Valentina Carrara

 

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