Event details
Event Start Date: 23/10/2015
Event End Date: 23/10/2015
Time: 9.00 am – 12.30 pm

Venue: Parliament of New South Wales, Macquarie Street, Sydney

Global Dignity Day - Sydney

Parliamentary Education and the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law invite Year 10 students to attend Global Dignity Day 2015 at the Parliament of New South Wales.

What is Global Dignity?

Global Dignity is the brainchild of three friends, concerned global citizens who met as Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum: HRH Crown Prince Haakon (Norway), Professor Pekka Himanen (Finland) and founder of Operation HOPE, John Hope Bryant (United States).

The three friends realized that the one thing that everyone in the world could agree on, irrespective of their differences is that we all want our dignity to be recognized. Dignity is the very foundation of our humanity. Dignity is universal. Dignity is also the source of human rights.
The co-founders created Global Dignity in 2006. Since then they have worked with many Young Global Leaders and other partners in over 70 countries, hosting what are known as Dignity Days. This involves visiting local schools and communities around the world and teaching a 'course in dignity' to youth. The Honorary Board of Global Dignity Day includes Richard Branson, President Martti Ahtisaari and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. 

Dignity Principles

The concept of global dignity includes the following five principles:

  1. Every human being has a right to lead a dignified life.
  2. A dignified life means an opportunity to fulfil one’s potential, which is based on having a human level of health care, education, income and security.
  3. Dignity means having the freedom to make decisions on one’s life and to be met with respect for this right.
  4. Dignity should be the basic guiding principle for all actions.
  5. Ultimately, our own dignity is interdependent with the dignity of others.


Registration will open at 8.45am.  Following a short welcome and introduction by event organisers, the keynote address will be delivered by former High Court judge the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG.

Students will then move into smaller, facilitated groups to further explore the concept of dignity and discuss their experiences of dignity in their communities.

Students will then reconvene for a plenary session where some students will report back on group discussion.

Lunch (veg and non-veg sandwiches) will be provided.  We are unable to cater for specific dietary requirements and ask students to bring their own lunch if required.

Keynote speaker

The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG served as a judge on the High Court of Australia from 1996 to 2009. When he retired from the High Court, he was Australia's longest serving judge. In addition to his judicial duties, he has served on three university governing bodies, and was Chancellor of Macquarie University (1984-93). He has also served on many national and international bodies, including the International Commission of Jurists, the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee, the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights, and the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association. He recently chaired the Human Rights Council's commission of inquiry on North Korea.

For more information on Global Dignity.

Download the registration form.

The Kaldor Centre plays a vital role in developing legal, sustainable and humane solutions for displaced people around the world.