Vienna+20. Advancing the Protection of Human Rights

Achievements, Challenges and Perspectives 20 Years after the World Conference

Edited by: Julia Kozma, Anna Muller-Funk, Manfred Nowak

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the World Conference of Human Rights in 1993 and the adoption of the Vienna Declaration and Program of Action (VDPA), an international high-level conference took place in Vienna in June 2013. The conference gathered some 200 experts from all parts of the world, who, on the one hand, reaffirmed the key achievements of the VDPA, such as the universality and indivisibility, as well as the legitimacy of the international protection of human rights; on the other hand, the experts addressed, on the basis of these accomplishments, current and future challenges to the international human rights system. In three working groups, as well as in various high-level public panels, discussions focused on the following thematic areas: strengthening the rule of law, realizing the human rights of women universally, and the preparation of a human rights-based approach for the post-2015 development agenda. The conference resulted in action-oriented recommendations to States and other actors, which were presented to the UN Human Rights Council, as well as the General Assembly, in Autumn 2013. This book offers insights from the conference. [Subject: International Law, Human Rights Law]

Publication Date: 1/17/2014
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781780682150