Human Rights Declaration on Everest

01 May 2009

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On April 1st, Mogens Jensen took off to the Himalayas where he will be highlighting the importance of Human Rights and the Millennium Development Goals. 

New Horizons - Among all of the equipment in his backpack, Jensen included two unusual items which he intends to take to the top of Mount Everest: the UN flag and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The expedition will take place toward the middle or the end of May. Before the ascent, Jensen will participate in a ceremony with more than 60 Danish mountain climbers. On April 17th, he completed one of the partial aims on the expedition making it to the base camp at 5380m. 

At a press conference held at the beginning of April in Copenhagen , Jakob Simonsen, the Head of UNDP's Nordic Office, gave Jensen a copy of the Declaration and flag.

“It is a great honour for me to cooperate with the UN and bring the Human Rights to the top and commemorate the anniversary. Human Rights affect us all and should never be taken for granted. For me it is a huge motivation factor bringing the Human Rights to the top of the world,” said Jensen

Jensen gained international fame when he attempted to climb Mount Everest in 2006 and 2007 without any oxygen despite his asthma. In 2006 he had to give up climbing only 350 metres from the top due to safety reasons. On 22 May 2007, he reached the top by using his oxygen reserve above 7,500 metres.

“Human Rights are universal. They count for all people and in all parts of the world. This is why we got excited when Mogens Jensen recently contacted us and asked if we were interested in the idea of bringing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to the top” said Jakob Simonsen.

He further added: “It has only been little more than three months since we celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights. I can hardly imagine a more outstanding way to mark the anniversary than to climb the highest mountain in the world to celebrate the rights of all people.”

Mogens Jensen hopes to be able to talk with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on a satellite phone in a possible visit to Copenhagen in May.

Jensen’s expedition will be published on his blog for the next two months.