Global Dignity Day 2013
Location: Parliament House NSW
What does it mean for people to live a dignified life? That was the question considered by 170 high school students from across Sydney who met at NSW Parliament House on Monday 14 October 2013 for the first-ever large-scale Australian Global Dignity Day event.
The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG delivered the keynote address to the Year 10 students from a diverse cross-section of 37 schools from the Sydney metropolitan area. As a champion of human rights within Australia and abroad, he drew on his personal and professional experiences in his inspiring and challenging talk.
On Global Dignity Day, students are encouraged to recognize dignity as an integral right for themselves and for others. They are asked to think of ways they could disseminate the idea of dignity within their own schools.
'Global Dignity Day provides an important opportunity to reflect on how to ensure we can all lead dignified lives,' said Professor McAdam, who is the Australian Chair of Global Dignity Day. 'If we don't respect the dignity of others, then we deny people their basic humanity.'
'We need to see people as people, not as stereotypes,' said Professor McAdam. 'We need to listen to their needs, hopes and aspirations. Only then can we truly start to understand what makes each of us human, and help create a more respectful and tolerant society.'
Global Dignity Day was founded in 2006 by three Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum: His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Pekka Himanen and John Hope Bryant. Its mission is to 'help youth and adults to become their best self and help others to achieve the same'. As a Young Global Leader and Australian Chair, Jane McAdam will make Global Dignity Day an annual event of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law.
This year more than 350,000 secondary students around the world took part in Global Dignity Day. The Honorary Board of Global Dignity Day includes Richard Branson, President Martti Ahtisaari and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Read more about Global Dignity Day 2013:
- Read part of Michael Kirby's keynote address
- Read what students said about Global Dignity Day 2013, and the initiatives they have created as a result
- Read Year 10 student Rhea Kohli’s reflections on Global Dignity Day
More information: www.globaldignity.org
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of Chris Behrenbruch for Global Dignity Day 2013