Visit of His Holiness Benedict XVI to the United Nations On the Occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Visit of His Holiness Benedict XVI to the United Nations On the Occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights  

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948, is one of the founding documents of the UN, along with the UN Charter signed in 1945. The Declaration is of great import-ance for all humanity and had been produced in response to the atrocities perpetrated during the Second World War. As a declaration of principles of the General Assembly, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is not juridically bind- ing on member States of the UN. At the same time, the Declaration’s recognition of rights and freedoms gives it an implicit juridical value in the international community since most civilized nations already consider these rights and freedoms as inalienable principles of international law. On 18 April 2008 the Holy Father Benedict XVI visited the headquarters of the United Nations in New York where he addressed the General Assembly in the context of the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.