Carnegie UK Trust supports new proposals for the Universal Declaration on Human Rights

September 25, 2014

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The Carnegie UK Trust has expressed its support for a number of new recommendations outlined in a summary document by the Global Citizenship Commission to help make the Universal Declaration on Human Rights relevant to a modern society. 

The news comes following the Commission hosting its inaugural event in Edinburgh last year which was supported by the Carnegie UK Trust.


The recommendations focus on the issue of so-called missing rights, how the Universal Declaration on Human Rights can be upheld, the role of global institutions and the potential for the Universal Declaration to unite a global ethic. 


The inaugural meeting of the Global Citizenship Commission was hosted at the University of Edinburgh as part of the Trust’s centenary celebrations in September last year. Funded by New York University, the Commission set out to re-examine the Universal Declaration on Human Rights with the aim of drafting a report to suggest revisions and explore ways of renewing the Declaration for the 21st century living.


In addition to the inaugural meeting of the Commission, an interactive, high profile, public facing event between the Commissioners and the general public also took place. At the public event, Malala Yousafzai, the inspiring young Pakistani girl who risked her life to become a global activist for education and women’s rights, was awarded the Carnegie Centennial Award for Wellbeing and a £10,000 bursary for use towards her education and development as a civil society leader, by the Trust.


Martyn Evans, Chief Executive of the Carnegie UK Trust, said: “The work of the Commission is about addressing the challenges of the modern world; and how we understand human rights is the starting point to tackling these global issues. 


“Andrew Carnegie tasked us with improving the wellbeing of people throughout the UK and Ireland in our Trust deed, and I can’t think of a more important document to re-visit than the Universal Declaration on Human Rights to make sure it is fit for purpose in the 21st century. The Trust was delighted to support a project which continues Carnegie’s legacy in the field of ethics in our centenary year”. 


The second meeting of the Commission took place in Bonn in May 2014. Subsequent meetings will take place in Bonn, Abu Dhabi, China and New York throughout 2014 and 2015. The findings of the Commission will be presented to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at the final meeting in New York in late 2015.


The summary of the Global Citizenship Commission inaugural meeting can be found here.


The final report of the Global Citizenship Commission will be available in late 2015. 


The Commission took place during the same week as the Andrew Carnegie’s International Legacy: Shaping the Future festival, which saw a prestigious line-up of events held in Scotland’s Capital to celebrate the impact of Scots-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and the global network of charitable trusts and foundations he endowed in the late 19th and early 20th century. Click here for more information.