I am a great champion of the power of youth to change the world, but this week I celebrate a 64-year old responsible for ushering in momentous progress. Not a person, but a document that was born in December 1948 and forever altered the view of how we treat members of our human family. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights triggered a fundamental shift in global thinking by affirming that all human beings _ not some, not most, but all _ are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
Each year at this time, leaders gather at the United Nations headquarters in New York to assess the state of the world. This year, I used the occasion to sound the alarm about our direction as a human family. We are living through a period of profound turmoil, transition and transformation. Insecurity, inequality and intolerance are spreading.