December
5

Two months ago I arrived in Canada as a skilled immigrant with solid experience in human rights promotion and protection back in the European region and unequivocal desire to discover the Canadian human rights reality. For human rights and social policy professionals like me, Canada embodies a role model with strong government institutions and empowered civil society, which are sufficiently funded and effectively address a variety of human rights issues. Yet, shortly after my arrival, a different from my initial expectations reality unfolded: despite its global reputation of a country with impressive GDP and human rights records Canada appears to face deep-rooted human rights challenges, particularly relating to Indigenous people. Read More

November
20

United Nations Association in Canada, Calgary Branch will be commemorating Human Rights Day and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by lighting the City of Calgary’s building network UN Blue on Human Rights Day December 10th, 2018, including: Read More

November
13

On Human Rights Day, we will stand up for human rights and critically address the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ gap of inclusion of Indigenous People and its relevance to Indigenous people, Canadians and newcomers. Read More

November
2

Let’s stand up for equality, justice and human dignity

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This year, Human Rights Day marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently 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. Read More

July
19

This year’s Child Diplomats received a message from Nagasaki Mayor, Mr. Tomihisa Taue, which will be read by them at the Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony 2018 on August 4th (The event starts from 8 pm). Congratulations to this years Child Diplomats on their wonderful work!!

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The Child Diplomat Project enables children to send a request letter to a mayor who belongs to “Mayors for Peace” to ask their message to the Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony.

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The Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony takes place on August 4th, and begins at 8PM.

Visit Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony 2018’s Facebook Page  for email [email protected] for more information.

You can also support the event by donating on the Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony’s 2018 Eventbrite page

June
14

Let’s stand up for equality, justice and human dignity

Human rights are relevant for all of us, every day. Human rights include our rights to freedom from fear and from want, freedom to speak up, rights to health and education; and to enjoy the benefits of measures to advance economic and social justice.

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May
5

Imagine there’s no countries. It isn’t hard to do. Nothing to kill, or die for. And no religion too[1] – John Lennon, most certainly a dreamer, proposes a romanticised reality where a brotherhood of man shares the world equally in the year 1971. Today, Lennon’s dream has still yet to blossom.

Imagining[2] is hard to do when country borders define your odds of survival based on monotheism of intellectual property (“IP”) rights. The rate at which innovation in health care has developed is undeniably impressive, yet the dispersion of its fruit is anything but. A recent social justice project from São Paulo seized my attention to the subject, as it advocated for a prejudice-free society on behalf of human immunodeficiency virus (“HIV”) positive people. Read More

September
19

In March 2014, unmarked Russian troops entered Crimea – sparking an international diplomatic crisis. The same weekend, Alberta Intercollegiate Model United Nations was being hosted at Mount Royal University. I was representing the Russian Federation and quickly needed to research Crimea and the crisis to defend my position at this conference. After several days of vigorous debate, my co-delegate and I went went on to win best delegation at the award ceremony. This topic continued to be widely discussed worldwide for the next few years as more conflicts arose in Ukraine and the fate of Crimea and its people remained uncertain. Read More