Without human rights, there can be no sustained peace, no stability, no protection from harm. No equality, no democracy, no space to speak up. No online safety, no end to the digital divide, no hope of an internet that puts people over profit.

Without human rights, there’s be no way to curb climate change, eradicate poverty, tackle racism, misogyny, homophobia or xenophobia. No way to protect the wellbeing and safety of children, young people, the elderly, disabled persons, refugees, or minorities. There can be no green and habitable future planet, no sustainable development, possibly no human future at all.

Human rights is not only the RIGHT thing to do, it’s the SMART thing to do. It’s central to everything the UN does. It’s key to our collective human future. That’s why Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launched his Call to Action for Human Rights. Today, we celebrate the C2A’s second anniversary.