In close collaboration with the United Nations Office at Geneva, the Human Rights Council and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Fundación ONUART is honoured to organize the 5th Concert for Human Rights, to take place on the occasion of the Human Rights Day, in the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Chamber, at the Palais des Nations.
This year we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Human Rights declaration of the United Nations and the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room, which as some of you may know, the Chamber of the Human Rights was fully renovated by Onuart Foundation on 2008, promoting the great work of art in the United Nations which is the dome of Miquel Barceló.
It was a great contribution of Spain through the generous effort of public and private institutions that underscores the role of Art as a powerful contributor to the development of Human Rights and the Understanding across Civilizations.
I would like to give this day a special tribute to former Secretary General H.E. Kofi Annan, passed by the last 19th of August. He was the one who approved the remodelling project of the room and in 2008 and he attended his inauguration, with his successor Ban Ki-moon, and in the presence of His Majesty King Juan Carlos and President Rodríguez Zapatero. He was with us last year, in the celebration of the Concert for Human Rights. We thought we could count on his attendance on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of theinauguration of the room today, but today, and always, we will all remember him, and we will never forget his struggle and his victory for multilateralism.
H.E. Miguel Ángel Moratinos
Former Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs
President of Fundacion ONUART
Named United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations