Article 25

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

At the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted and passed with 48 votes in favor and eight abstentions. Comprising 30 articles, it enshrines foundational approaches to the rights, which are accorded every human being, irrespective of their skin colour, gender, language, religion, political beliefs, nationality, social status or wealth.

Article 25

Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and wellbeing of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing, medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability or widowhood, old age and other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

While Article 25 outlines the right of all people to lead a life that is dignified, healthy and safe, we also interpret it as a call to provide assistance and support to others. Governments and public institutions as well as privileged members of our global society – irrespective of their nationality – are urged help the less fortunate enjoy a better life. We not only have a responsibility to mothers, children, the poor, elderly and infirm, but also to developing countries and disaster areas. With that in mind, Article 25 subsumes the global challenges encapsulated in several SDGs – the need to end poverty and hunger, improve health, hygiene and education as well as achieve gender equality, to name but a few. But these are still far from being realized. Join us in helping to make sure everyone enjoys a safe and healthy life.

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