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Davisites Celebrate Universal Declaration

Enterprise staff
November 28th, 2010


Dec. 10 marks the 62nd anniversary of the United Nations' adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Davis chapter of the United Nations Association invites the public to a celebration of this milestone at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, in the Community Room at International House, 10 College Park.

The declaration, created in 1948 under the leadership of former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, is presented to the community each December by local readers in many different languages, followed by an English translation.

“Hearing so many voices from various cultures reflect the diversity of our community and the universality of the declaration is a remarkable experience,” says organizer Verena Borton.

All interested community members are invited to be a link in the circle to read, hear and reflect on the meaning of such basic truths as “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” (Article 1)

Official United Nations copies of the declaration are expected to be available as gifts from the Davis UNA chapter. (The U.N. bookstore is temporarily out of stock, Borton says.)

Refreshments will be served after the ceremony. There is no charge, but donations are welcomed.

To volunteer to read, contact Borton at 756-0632 or

The Davis chapter of the United Nations Association-USA has become part of the largest network of American supporters of the United Nations, it was announced recently. UNA-USA is partnering with the United Nations Foundation, combining forces to build a broader base of citizen support for U.S. engagement and the work of the U.N.

Ted Turner, founder and chairman of the U.N. Foundation, made the announcement Nov. 18 at a Global Leadership Dinner in New York City.

“More than a decade ago at this dinner I announced my historic $1 billion gift which led to the creation of the U.N. Foundation to support the U.N. and its causes,” Turner said. “It was the best investment I ever made; the money has helped the U.N. to fight disease, empower women and girls, combat climate change, and lift people out of poverty.

“I am pleased that once again this unique gathering of U.N. supporters is the place for another historic announcement. Working together, we can spotlight the important role the U.N. plays in solving global problems, and help the United States engage more constructively with the U.N.”

The complementary strengths of the two organizations will provide new momentum to strengthen the U.S.-U.N. relationship, a news release said. The mission of UNA-USA and its chapters is rooted in the founding principles of the United Nations: to inform, inspire and mobilize Americans to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations, and to strengthen the United Nations system.


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