UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15, 2023
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield Celebrates First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s Contributions to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Today, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Representative of the United States to the United Nations, celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by announcing the restoration of the Eleanor Roosevelt Memorial located on the grounds of the United Nations.
Former First Lady Roosevelt served as the U.S. Representative of the United States Delegation and the Chairperson of the UDHR drafting committee. The Declaration she helped craft became one of the foundational documents of the United Nations.
“Seventy-five years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted, this much is clear,” Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield remarked, “just as we need to restore and reinvigorate Eleanor’s monument, we also must restore and reinvigorate the freedoms Eleanor championed.”
While the memorial is set to be completed on October 11, on what would be Eleanor Roosevelt’s 140th birthday, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield noted that “the work to protect and expand the rights she so tirelessly fought for – to make the world a little less troubled, and a little bit brighter – is never finished.”
The celebration was co-hosted by UN General Assembly President Dennis Francis, and they were joined by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk, members of the Roosevelt family, and the memorial’s restoration team.