United Nations world conferences
On this page, you will find links to UN world conferences in the area of human rights.
The Vienna World Conference on Human Rights in 1993
The World Conference on Human Rights took place in Vienna from 14 to 25 June 1993. Many countries and representatives of the civil society participated in the event.
Until today, the final declaration of the Vienna World Conference stands out as a milestone in the development of the protection of human rights on a universal level. According to Navi Pillay, the former High Commissioner for Human Rights, the declaration and the Vienna action plan are the most relevant human rights documents in the last 30 years.
The Vienna World Conference underlined the universality and indivisibility of human rights. Moreover, the principle was agreed upon that human rights are of international importance and are no internal issue. Furthermore, a basis was lain for the creation of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The UN General Assembly confirmed the results of the Vienna World Conference on Human Rights the same year in its Resolution A/RES/48/121.
- Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action
Adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna on 25 June 1993