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The promotion of human rights is one of the major priorities of the United Nations in Moldova. Starting with 2004, the UN Country Team in Moldova has annually awarded the best actions to promote and protect human rights. The awards are presented during the Human Rights Gala of Awards ceremony, organized annually around 10 December - international Human Rights Day. 

The year 2019 marks two significant anniversaries - 30 years of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and 25 years of International Conference on Population and Development, which resulted in a Plan of Action. To celebrate and acknowledge the progress made in the prominent agendas focused on human rights, UN Moldova will organise the Human Rights Gala of Awards under the theme “Youth standing up for human rights”. Therefore, this year, besides the three general awards for achievements in various fields of human rights, UN Moldova is encouraging also nominations and applications from/for organizations and individuals who promote the rights of children and the reproductive rights of young women and girls.