This Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, celebrate 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the University of Southern California

RSVP here (code: UDHR70)

Monday, December 10, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
University of Southern California

Bovard Auditorium, 3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Doors open at 8:15 a.m.

The Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Foundation and Institute on Inequalities in Global Health at the University of Southern California invite you to:

Global to Local: Cities for Human Rights & Sustainable Development in Los Angeles and Around the World

For seven decades the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been heralded as one of the pillars of a global ethic and common conscience for humanity, helping sustain the morale of those subjected to injustices. This anniversary provides an occasion to take stock of our achievements since 1948, but also to envision the future and set an agenda for the next 70 years. Learn more about the most critical human rights issues of our time, from achieving equity and inclusion for all people, to providing for basic needs and human dignity.

Agenda (more information coming soon)

Welcome Remarks

Dr. Wanda M. Austin

Interim President, University of Southern California


Dr. Wanda M. Austin was appointed interim president of the University of Southern California on August 7, 2018 by the Board of Trustees. Austin is an American businesswoman who is internationally recognized for her work in aeronautics and systems engineering. She is co-founder of MakingSpace, Inc, a systems engineering and leadership development consultant and motivational speaker. She is the former president and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation, an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the application of science and technology toward critical issues affecting the nation’s space program. From January 2008 until October 2016, Austin led the organization’s 3600 employees and managed annual revenues of $950 million at 17 offices nationwide. As the sixth president, she was the first female and the first African American in the 57-year history of the organization. Austin served on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology until January 2017, advising President Barack Obama in areas where an understanding of science, technology and innovation was key to forming effective U.S. policy. Austin is currently a member of the Defense Policy Board having previously served on the Defense Science Board and the NASA Advisory Council. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. She is an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Chevron Corp. and Amgen Inc. She has served on the USC Board of Trustees since 2010. In 2018, she received the USC Presidential Medallion. She graduated from The Bronx High School of Science, earned a B.A. in mathematics from Franklin & Marshall College, M.S. degrees in systems engineering and mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. in systems engineering from the University of Southern California.

Kate Gilmore

United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights


Kate Gilmore was appointed United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights on 1st December 2015. She brings to the position diverse and longstanding experience in strategic leadership and human rights advocacy with the United Nations, government and non-government organizations. Prior to joining OHCHR, Ms. Gilmore was Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director for Programmes with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Previously she was National Director of Amnesty International Australia and then Executive Deputy Secretary General of Amnesty International. Ms. Gilmore started her career as a social worker and government policy officer in Australia. She helped establish Australia’s first Centre Against Sexual Assault at Melbourne’s Royal Women’s Hospital and her work over a number of years focused on prevention of violence against women. In Australia, she was granted honorary appointments to provincial and national public policy and law reform processes, including membership of the country’s first National Committee on Violence Against Women. Ms. Gilmore holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New England and postgraduate degrees in Social Work from the University of Melbourne and Community Development from RMIT.

Eric Garcetti

Mayor, City of Los Angeles


Eric Garcetti is a fourth-generation Angeleno and the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles.
The Mayor’s government service began on the L.A. City Council, where he spent four terms as Council President before being elected Mayor in 2013 and winning re-election in 2017 by the widest margin in the history of Los Angeles. Garcetti was raised in the San Fernando Valley and earned his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University. He studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and the London School of Economics and taught at Occidental College and USC. The Mayor and his wife, Amy Elaine Wakeland, have a young daughter. He is a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy reserve and is an avid jazz pianist and photographer.


Global Call to Action

Human Rights Panel

Panel discussion moderated by Elizabeth Cousens, UN Foundation Deputy Chief Executive Officer, with noted celebrity activists and stakeholders, focused on LGBT, disability, environment, gender equality and other pressing issues impacting Los Angeles and the world

Dr. Elizabeth Cousens

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, United Nations Foundation


Elizabeth Cousens is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the UN Foundation. Before joining the UN Foundation, Elizabeth served as U.S. Ambassador to the UN Economic and Social Council and Alternate Representative to the UN General Assembly (2012-2014). She previously served as Principal Policy Advisor and Counselor to the permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, Susan Rice (2009-12). In this capacity, she was lead U.S. negotiator on the Post-2015 Development Goals. During her stint as ambassador, she led U.S. diplomacy at the UN on human rights, humanitarian, social and environmental issues; served on the boards of UN agencies, funds, and programmes, and was the U.S. representative to the UN Peacebuilding Commission. She was also Sherpa to Ambassador Rice for the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability. Cousens’ has lived around the world, serving with UN political mission in Nepal and the Middle East and working as an analyst in conflict zones, including Bosnia and Haiti. Her prior experience includes Director of Strategy for the HD Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue which promotes and conducts medication of armed conflict, Vice President of the International Peace Institute, where she led initiatives on global crisis management and UN reform, and Director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum, a research group that provides country and regional expertise to the UN on conflict and crisis situations. Dr. Cousens has a D.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.A. in history and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Puget Sound. She has written widely on conflict management, peace processes, state-building, and the United Nations. She and her husband, Bruce Jones, have one child.

Please RSVP by November 30. (Code: UDHR70)

Parking & Transportation:

Please allot extra time for arrival, parking, finding the venue, and event check-in (doors open at 8:15 a.m.). Campus maps are available at parking kiosks. Several parking structures are available and on-campus parking is $12 per car. For parking information, visit:

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