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The universality of human rights is being dismissed; minorities and those who are least able to protect their rights are under attack, being threatened or scapegoated; and in many countries, human rights are being characterised as a threat to the state and human rights defenders are being targeted.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 25th anniversary of the Vienna Declaration – a landmark document for the promotion and protection of human rights. But these anniversaries – and the beginning of Australia’s seat as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council – are taking place in an era defined by a global backlash against human rights which is putting the vision of these declarations and their implementation in peril. 

The universality of human rights is being dismissed; minorities and those who are least able to protect their rights are under attack, being threatened or scapegoated; and in many countries, human rights are being characterised as a threat to the state and human rights defenders are being targeted.  

How can we advance and realise universal human rights in this context?

In this timely period, this year’s ACFID National Conference will ask how the Australian international development and humanitarian sector can apply human rights in the light of contemporary challenges.  

Through the overarching themes of “People  Planet  Peace”; the conference will bring forth content on human rights as they relate directly to the wellbeing of people, healthy ecosystems and the environment and in the broader context of peace, civil society and human security.  

From reflections about what is happening out in the world, to deeper explorations of particular focus areas and through the diversity of voices brought to you this year; ACFID National Conference 2018 will inspire and challenge your ways of working – offering critiques and stimulating debate on the integration of human rights with development and humanitarian efforts and what we need to focus on as the world continues to fluctuate around us.  

Register your attendance for what will be a stimulating, challenging and exciting two days!