On December 10, the U.S. Institute of Peace joins the world in commemorating the 70th year since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an historic achievement affirming every person’s right to dignity, justice and peace.

As the Institute’s global team works with governments, civil society and faith leaders, women and youth to prevent and reduce violent conflict, we are guided above all by the belief that every person in every place deserves the opportunity to live in peace.

Global commitment to these essential human rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is more important than ever, as nearly a quarter of the world’s population lives in fragile states, where the social contract between society and government is deeply frayed, and individuals and families continue to suffer terrible deprivations and abuses. 

To that end, we are ever mindful of the wisdom imparted by President Dwight Eisenhower, “We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom.”

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