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UN Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The UN Charter is the cornerstone of the United Nations ideology, and provides the principles and beliefs for a global world. This session explores the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

About this course

This is part of a series of short modular online session being delivered by the United Nations Association of Australia (NSW) and UTS. The sessions can be taken individually on areas of specific interest, or combined for a wide-ranging introduction to key features and elements of the UN.

Course structure

Each 60-minute session consists of a detailed presentation from a leading UNAA facilitator on the topic interspersed with interactive discussions and Q&A segments.

We are currently running five modular sessions:

  1. Introduction and Structure of the United Nations
  2. Sustainable Development Goals
  3. UN History
  4. UN Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  5. UN Agencies

Learning outcomes

Introduce and explain key features of the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Who is this course for?

This course is part of a series intended for and accessible to any participant who is interested in learning more about the UN, UNAA, and some key activities and challenges facing the UN.



24 September




1 hr

Meet the Expert

Kel Gleeson

Kel Gleeson

Kel served with the Australian Army for 20 years, retiring in 1992 as a Major. In that year he joined the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations as an international civilian, serving in Cambodia, Rwanda, Yugoslavia, East Timor and Sudan.

These UN operations exposed him to personal hardships and extraordinary challenges which went a long way towards establishing his views on refugees, humanitarism and global citizenship. During these missions he participated in tasks and operations which allowed him to experience and see first-hand the value of the United Nations on a global level.

As a result of his service with the United Nations he was awarded the Australian Overseas Humanitarian Medal from the Australian government. He retired in 2006 and returned to Sydney to live. In 2010 he joined the United Nations Association of Australia (NSW) and then served as President from 2013-2016. He now holds the position of Immediate President of the UNAA (NSW).

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Thu 24 Sep 2020 -
Thu 24 Sep 2020
Expert: Kel Gleeson
  • Online class – link and password to be provided
  • Online
  • 1 session, 1 hour total
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