Last Tuesday, March 1, the 50th anniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights was marked by a panel discussion at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr joined the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and five other expert panelists in the discussion that focused on the universality, indivisibility, interdependence, and interrelatedness of all human rights.
Commenting on the current debates about the relevance of human rights as a force for transformative social change, Professor Fukuda-Parr pointed to the mobilization of people against the excesses of globalization. She concluded her speech by asserting that the priority for the human rights movement is to address the “core challenges of global economic governance that go beyond state boundaries and beyond the state.”
Watch Professor Fukuda-Parr’s full remarks on UN Web TV’s recorded broadcast.