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Our task force is composed of representatives of nongovernmental organization (NGOs) who are accredited to the United Nations and have consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the UN. We are a small group, dedicated to informing men, women and children across the world about their rights, while highlighting the little known, but essential part, played by Eleanor Roosevelt in these rights.

Through our extensive contacts among NGOs and civil society, we intend to spread the text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its history, so that those in the countryside and those in urban areas know their rights and how they were formulated. To accomplish this we shall work in partnership with other groups such as the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the NGO community and the Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Institute.

We hope to make better known, the formidable legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt, who led the Commission on Human Rights and its Drafting Committee for the two years of intense labor necessary to bring into being an international instrument that spelled out the rights, freedoms and responsibilities that were alluded to in the United Nations Charter. Eleanor Roosevelt was an active president and participant in the creation of the UDHR. She was also a primary force in its adoption by the General Assembly in the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, 10 December, 1948.
The members of the General Assembly recognized her leadership by standing as one to applaud this modest woman after the adoption of the UDHR. Join us now, 60 years later, in recognizing Eleanor Roosevelt’s role in promoting human rights as we reflect on progress made and obstacles encountered.

Anne Herdt

Chair, Task Force
"Honoring Eleanor Roosevelt - Leader for Human Rights"