The Hague Legacy initiative: Bringing Human Rights Home

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Pictured: Hajer Sharief is a Libyan women's rights activist, Extremely Together advocate, and OYW Ambassador striving for inclusive peace in her home country. 

"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home (..)_ they are the world of the individual person: the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works."  Eleanor Roosevelt

The vision:

“The world of the future is in our making. Tomorrow is now.” That is what Eleanor Roosevelt said when she presented the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948 with friends from all over the world. Now, 70 years  after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, your entry to One Young World 2018 The Hague comes with an important privilege, opportunity and a commitment of your generation to human rights always and everywhere. 

From the International City of Peace and Justice, you will be leading in bringing human rights back to (y)our homes. With our legacy initiative, we will forge a commitment to bring human rights home before, during and after the Summit.

You can download the full project brief here. 

The mission:

70 years after the adoption of the UDHR, human rights violations still take place. It is up to our generation to finish the work that the UDHR’s authors have started. This crucial task may seem daunting, however it is an amazing opportunity to work towards universal human rights in your own innovative, contemporary and creative ways. 

The universal nature of human rights is reflected in what we can all do in our own local community or country to ensure that everyone can enjoy their human rights.  We call upon you to do something similar and to think about how you, being part of a new generation, can improve your local or national  human rights situation from the bottom-up. We no longer want to only rely on our governments to create change. 

At the end of One Young World 2018 The Hague, we will vote on the adoption of the “The Hague Youth Declaration on Human Rights in Action” which we plan to present to the UN at the end of this year. It will however not be another UN declaration agreed upon by governments, this revolutionary document will reflect your personal commitment to put human rights law and jurisprudence into concrete action. 

To involve all of you in the process of making this declaration, we are asking you to make a vlog about 1 of the 30 articles of the UDHR and the relevant SDGs that can be linked to this article. In this vlog, you will explore if and how your national  or local  human rights situation needs to be improved. We are looking for your personal stories about (local) human rights and your innovative ideas to put the UDHR and all the other human rights documents into action. 


Human rights offer explicit guidance for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs). The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a prerequisite for the implementation of the SDGs. Since the 1990s, the close links between development and human rights have been widely recognised. Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security also makes specific reference to the link between the SDGs and the UDHR.

We are fulfilling 3 key stages together with our legacy project partners to collectively make this Declaration a reality.  

1.  Collecting your views 

Ahead and during the Summit, we are collecting vlogs about each of the 30 articles to collect personal stories and innovative ideas from around the world to shape the final Declaration.

How to join:

1. Choose your topic. Pick one of the 30 human rights that most resonate with you in your home country. 
2. Make a human rights assessment. Find out how your community or country is doing with regard to your topic.
3. Commit yourself. This can be done either by spreading good news or by stating what goes wrong and how you could help to improve the human rights situation in your country.
4. Film yourself. Make a short video (two to four minutes) sharing the above. Remember to film horizontally! Please click this link for more ‘tips and tricks’ how to make a vlog.
5. Submit your vlog. Submit your vlog by 4 October at

Submit your vlog

You can also complete the survey to submit your views to make the “The Hague Youth Declaration on Human Rights in Action” a long-lasting success!

Share your views

2. Hosting the Harvesting Session at OYW 2018

At the Summit, contribute your views on the Youth Declaration of Human Rights in person by stopping our room in the World Forum. 

Join us on Wednesday 17 October from 13h-15hWhere: Princess Ariane, World Forum

3. Establishing the Drafting Committee at OYW 2018

We invite you to attend and contribute to drafting sessions for The Hague Youth Declaration on Human Rights. Taking place at the Summit, you will be able to contribute to the final Declaration which will be presented at the Closing Ceremony and ultimately at the United Nations in December. We would love for you to be part of this historic movement to change our international human rights framework. This is open to all delegates.

Join us in the World Forum on Thursday 18 & Friday 19 October from 13h  - 15h. Where: Murray, Volga 1 & Volga 2 - World Forum

Join the Drafting Committee

Legacy Project Partners: