On World Human Rights Day

Protecting Human Dignity Around the World

December 10, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of The Tennessee World Affairs Council:

Today is designated World Human Rights Day by the UN. It is a day that marks the anniversary of adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.

The Tennessee World Affairs Council is pleased to help mark this day of awareness of international efforts, standards and protections of fundamental human rights and dignity.

The Declaration is something too few people know about and we commend it to your attention today. You can read it HERE; it’s just several pages long but worthy of your attention. You can also review a video presentation HERE and below, on the Declaration.

“Drafted by representatives of diverse legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration sets out universal values and a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. It establishes the equal dignity and worth of every person. Thanks to the Declaration, and States’ commitments to its principles, the dignity of millions has been uplifted and the foundation for a more just world has been laid. While its promise is yet to be fully realized, the very fact that it has stood the test of time is testament to the enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice and human dignity.”

Tennesseans will observe World Human Rights Day in a virtual program organized by TNUHR this evening at 6:00pm CT. Details below.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document, but it is a living testament to the dignity of all lives and remains a work in progress. We are pleased to join you in marking this important day of awareness.

Thank you.



Patrick W. Ryan
President, Tennessee World Affairs Council


“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

Click on image for video

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document that proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world.


Our Shared Humanity: Rooted in Hope

Date: December 10, 2020
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Venue: Virtual This Year!

Tennesseans gather each year on December 10th to celebrate International Human Rights Day. This year, the event will be held virtually. During the event, leaders are acknowledged and awards will go to human rights champions in three categories: Rising Advocate, Outstanding Service and Lifetime Achievement.

Information on awards HERE


December 17 | Thursday | 5:00pm CT | Special Program: Biden’s New World Order: The Middle East with Amy Tachco

December 29 | Tuesday | 6:00pm CT | Global Trivia Night

January 12 | Tuesday | 6:00pm CT | Special Presentation | Members’ Only Virtual Reception and Discussion | Professor Thomas Schwartz on “The Challenges of Teaching the Cold War to a Very Post-Cold War Generation”

January 28 | Thursday | Future of Korea Project | Morning: Business Brief | Evening: Global Town Hall

January 31 | Sunday | 1:00pm CT | Anne Smedinghoff Academic WorldQuest Practice Match

February 9 | Tuesday| 7:00pm CT | Global Dialogue | Hon. Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman | Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States

March 7 | Sunday | 1:00pm CT | Anne Smedinghoff Academic WorldQuest Championship

The bi-weekly “Global Nashville with Karl Dean” and “Global Dialogue” (every other Tuesday evening) programs resume in January along with the weekly “Global News Review (Wednesdays at 1pm).



THE MISSION of the nonprofit, nonpartisan Tennessee World Affairs Council is to promote international awareness, understanding and connections to enhance the region’s global stature and to prepare Tennesseans to thrive in our increasingly complex and connected world.

THE VISION of  the Tennessee World Affairs Council is a well-informed community that thinks critically about the world and the impact of global events.