Scenes from Human Rights Day, December 10, 2015

On Human Rights Day, December 10, 2015, the United Nations held a flower-laying ceremony at Four Freedoms Park. Dozens of senior UN officials, diplomats, students, and others gathered under our tent at the southern end of the Park to hear speakers pay homage to the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and the meaning of the Four Freedoms today. Speakers included:

  • Ambassador William vanden Heuvel, Founder & Chair Emeritus of the Four Freedoms Park 
  • Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General
  • Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Penny Abeywardena, New York City Commissioner for International Affairs

Cristina Gallach, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, moderated the event. 

Listen to the speeches and learn more about the event on UN radio here. Photos of the event are provided below by OHCHR Photo/Maulshree Gangwar.