Documents on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Drafted in 1948, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (GA Res. 217 (III)) established the foundation for modern international human rights law. Although it is a non-binding resolution of the General Assembly, the declaration has been cited many times before different UN bodies and also served as the impetus for the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as well as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. A joint digital project by the UN libraries in Geneva and New York preserves the sessional documentation that includes all of the background materials starting in 1946.