On the day which marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly, on December 10, 1948, the world celebrates the International Human Rights Day.Italy joins in the celebrations, standing firm in its commitment to the theme and believing that respecting and defending human rights are the necessary conditions to protect and enhance the dignity of every human being, anywhere and under any circumstance, and in order to achieve a greater international stability.Our country is conducting a determined action at an international level to protect and defend human rights. Inspired by an inclusive dialogue, respectful of diversities and founded on the principle of universality, indivisibility and interdependence of human rights, the action of the Italian Government and institutions is in synergy with the expression of its civil society. This year’s International Human Rights Day’s theme is “Stand up for someone’s rights today”. It reminds us that institutions are responsible of promoting the respect for human rights also at an international level. However for such an action to be really effective, it is necessary to engage every single individual in our society. This is why, human rights defenders play a key role everywhere in the world raising awareness on human rights violations and abuses. The Farnesina will launch the Italian Yearbook of Human Rights on December 15, as part of the celebrations to commemorate the Human Rights Day. The event, organised by the Interministerial Committee for Human Rights (CIDU), in cooperation with the University Centre for Human Rights of the University of Padua, forms part of the European Union’s awareness raising campaign on human rights, dubbed “EU4HumanRights”.