Asia-Pacific Regional Dialogue for Human Rights 75

Message from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk

In 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) recognised that promoting and protecting human rights are the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. Universal and indivisible, anchored in fundamental values that span every culture, religion and continent, human rights are tools to address the world’s current challenges, from the triple planetary crisis, to skyrocketing inequalities, gender discrimination and backlash, insecurity and conflict, as well as a rise in hate speech, disinformation and polarisation.

The 75th anniversary of the UDHR provides an opportunity to revive the spirit of the Declaration, as underlined in the yearlong Human Rights 75 Initiative by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The Asia-Pacific Regional Dialogue was one of five regional dialogues mandated by the Human Rights Council to be held before the High-Level Event in December 2023, and its theme centered around “regional human rights mechanisms”.


Opening & Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4 & Closing