United Nations Association of Slovenia celebrated the Human Rights Day on the 11th* December 2012 in the chamber hall of the University of Ljubljana. The main speaker was Dr. Marijan Ivanuša, Representative of the World Health Organization in Slovenia. During the ceremony, UNA Slovenia awarded the authors of art, literary and photographic works in the competition entitled “Taking care of healthy future”.
Celebration began with a welcome address of the President of UNA Slovenia, Dr. Bojko Bučar, who pointed out the significance of respecting human rights and values, especially in the light of the political instability in Slovenia accompanied by protests demanding uncorrupted and fair political system. The message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was read. He stressed the importance of freedom of opinion and integration of individuals in the community. Ki-moon also called for the promotion of human rights. The main speaker Dr. Marijan Ivanuša highlighted in his speech the problem of inequalities in health care provision and emphasized the role of health care when it comes to the realization of human rights.
The central point of celebration followed as the authors of the best art, literary and photographic works in the competition on human rights were announced and awarded. The topic of the competition was “Taking care of healthy future” with the aim of raising awareness on the 6th Millennium Development Goal: combatting HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. During the competition, from 15 September to 16 November 2012, more than 250 creations from 50 schools in Slovenia were received. Youngsters from the 1st year of primary school up to the 4th year of high school represented their artistic skills. Expert committee that evaluated products consisted of Polona Demšar, academic sculptor and photographer, Blaz Vehovar, painter, and Tatjana Logaj, professor of Slovenian language.
Award-winning fine art and photographic works will be published on the UNA Slovenia website and exhibited in the rooms of the association in January 2013.
Competition and the celebration of Human Rights Day were supported by the Ministry of Health, UN Information Office in Vienna (UNIS Vienna), publisher Mladinska knjiga, E-študentski servis, Ljubljana public transport company, and Slovenian Tourist Organization.
*The official International Human Rights Day is the 10th December.