Today is World Human Rights Day, 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, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
The 2020 Theme of Recover Better - Stand up for human rights, refers to the COVID-19 pandemic and how we need to build back better by ensuring Human Rights are central to recovery efforts. Coming back from the challenges of this year and continued work towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is only possible with equal opportunities for all and holding up the universal human rights.
Building back better and continued progress on the SDGs is also at the core of Partner Housing's aim: to provide cyclone, earthquake and tsunami resistant houses, clinics, schools and community buildings, clean water supplies and hygienic sanitation for South Pacific villages.
When extreme weather events destroy existing infrastructure, it is an opportunity to rebuild using better methods that ensure stronger community resilience in future events. And by ensuring access to clean water and sanitation, and resilient community health and education buildings, we can help communities to stay safe and well into the future.
To recover better and work towards the SDGs is to advance human rights and human dignity for all.