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We celebrate 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights! The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a document that marks a before and after in history. It was proclaimed in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common ideal for all peoples and nations. One of its articles, in particular, laid the foundation for freedom, justice and peace in the world:

 

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We often think that promoting peace is the work of nations, but we can participate at all levels. It is even part of our duty as citizens. Today, our Managing Director, Leticia Carbajo, shares with us some ideas on how to participate in the celebration of that day:

 

  • Taking small steps and being part of the solution: a fair society helps to achieve a balance of peace. “It is our duty to establish equal and ethical standards in our companies. It generates trust and peace of mind for each and every one of the people who are part of the company as well as being a real seal of distinction that our customers and the market value extraordinarily. Maintaining the highest standards of ethical behavior is part of our Moneytrans culture and the personality of each and every one of the people who work in it. No matter the category, level of responsibility, service line or internal functions, office, we are all obliged to maintain and enhance the principles and values that uphold our code of ethics.”

 

  • Preventing injustices from happening in your community or in your company by adopting a non-violent approach to solving the problem and reporting possible crimes: “In our daily lives we can face or witness situations that may compromise our principles and values. Sometimes these situations are not completely clear or we have doubts about them. The answer to all this is consulting. Anyone who is aware of a situation that is potentially contrary to our principles and values, has the responsibility and commitment to their society or their company to communicate and consult. It is not asked to have the answer for everything, but it is asked to be consulted. At Moneytrans, we have made a specific channel available to everyone so that, in a discreet, secure and confidential manner, such situations can be managed through the “Ethics Committee”.”

 

  • Promoting human rights in their private environment, in their work environment or in their networks: “The United Nations has created a website to raise awareness of what the Universal Declaration of Human Rights means in everyday life and how it empowers us all; it also makes teaching materials available to us. For me, it is very important to empower my teams to think responsibly, to deepen moral integrity and the opportunities that exist to foster openness and respect for diversity. People are our company’s most valuable asset; let’s take care of them.”

 

  • Showing your commitment by defending those at risk and claiming the human rights of others at work, school and the dining room table. At Moneytrans we are particularly involved in promoting the right to equality, protection against discrimination, freedom of worship and religion, and the right to education. These are our challenges!

People all over the world have to feel safe throughout their lives, regardless of their ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. In order to advance the Sustainable Development Goals, we need inclusive public and private institutions that can provide education and implement fair economic policies.

 

  • By really taking an interest in the actions of our governments and determining how we can contribute to our daily lives. Our votes, our actions or inaction have repercussions. We can hold elected officials accountable, share our views with elected representatives, promote inclusion and respect for people from different backgrounds. In short, about freedom to promote change.

 

Because human rights are the rights of everyone, we would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to some of the messengers of peace recognized by the United Nations:

 

PAULO COELHO: Poverty and intercultural dialogue

The Brazilian author, Mr. Paulo Coelho, has astonished readers all over the world. A political activist since his youth, he has created an institute in Rio de Janeiro to fight poverty and help the most disadvantaged sectors of Brazilian society. He also advocates multiculturalism through his work with UNESCO and combats violence against women through the Secretary-General’s “Men’s Leaders Network”.

 

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Poverty is associated with hunger, limited access to education and health, discrimination and lack of participation in decision-making. Efforts to eradicate poverty promote a dialogue among civilizations and cultures based on respect for common values, helping to create flexibility, promote understanding and foster a willingness to help each other and to cooperate with each other in order to achieve peace.

 

MALALA YOUSAFZAI: Girls’ education

In 2009, Malala Yousafzai began blogging about growing military activity in her home village and the fear that her school would be attacked. In 2012 she was shot for opposing Taliban restrictions on women’s education in her home country of Pakistan, becoming the symbol of the struggle to promote girls’ right to education. A year later, Malala continued to push for change in Pakistani society, creating the Malala Fund with her father to empower girls. In December 2014, she received the Nobel Peace Prize.

 

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Quality education is the basis for improving people’s lives, but there are still 57 million children out of school.  The world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved this goal at other levels of education.

 

DANIEL BARENBOIM: Peace and Tolerance

Daniel Barenboim is an accomplished orchestra conductor, particularly known as the musical director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 1999 Mr. Barenboim co-founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which brings together young musicians from Israel and Arab countries to promote dialogue and unity among the diverse cultures of the Middle East. He recently initiated a music education project in the Palestinian Territories, including the founding of a kindergarten music school and a Palestinian youth orchestra.

 

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Cooperation, intercultural dialogue and tolerance are extremely important for strengthening social cohesion and peace especially among countries in transition or post-conflict situations.

Throughout history, peoples have exchanged experiences, ideas, values and cultural goods through art, trade and migration. Culture plays an important role as an instrument of reconciliation.

That is why the United Nations launched the Alliance of Civilizations initiative in 2005. This Alliance aims to overcome prejudices, misconceptions, errors of appreciation and promote mutual respect for religious beliefs and traditions.

 

JANE GOODALL: Conversation

Jane Goodall is a primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist and pioneer in the study of chimpanzees.  She is the founder of the Institute named after her and the Roots & Shoots program that supports tens of thousands of young people in nearly 100 countries through projects that help people, animals and the environment. 

 

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More and more scientific evidence shows that ecosystems are under unprecedented pressure, threatening the prospects for the economic and social development of humankind. It is important to pay special attention to climate change, sustainable energy use, combating deforestation, soil loss and desertification, among other issues.

 

PRINCESS HAYA BINT AL HUSSEIN:  Extreme poverty and hunger and the Millennium Development Goals

Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein is known for her commitment to humanitarian causes and in particular to promote health, education and sports among young people in the Arab and Muslim world.

Haya founded Tikyet Um Ali, the first food aid NGO in the Middle East, and chairs the International Humanitarian City of Dubai, which is the world’s largest centre for the distribution of humanitarian aid.

In 2008, an estimated 850 million people worldwide were suffering from hunger. Eradicating poverty and hunger is the greatest challenge facing the world. Goal 1 of the Millennium Development Goals or “MDGs” aims to halve the proportion of people who suffer from hunger and whose income is less than $1 a day.

 

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We can all spread messages of peace, promote integration, tolerance, solidarity. We can all be Champions of Human Rights. Today participates and to know about our activities in Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube, using the tag #Standup4HumanRights and #PeaceDay!

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