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Elisa Telesca

Elisa Telesca holds a B.A. in European Studies from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Originally from Italy, she has studied and worked in France, the UK, the US, and Hong Kong. She has experience in EU Policy Analysis and is passionate about European and global issues concerning human rights, transparency, and freedom of expression. Elisa is fluent in English and Italian, and has a good command of French and German.


Sergio Caliva

Sergio Caliva is a contrıbutor at Vocal Europe. He is passionate about security and international politics where he has a special interest in the Western Balkans. Caliva is fluent in English and French and has a good command of Spanish.

On 20 November 2018, the European Parliament (EP) held a High Level Conference to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The Conference launched the EP’s Human Right Week, which lasted from 19 to 22 November 2018.

The aim of the event was for the EP and for representatives from academic and international organizations to reflect on the major principles of human rights. These are, as laid out in the UDHR, universality, inter-dependence and indivisibility, equality and non-discrimination. The Conference sought to address, at the same time, the new challenges in a global and digital world.

The conference was an interesting celebration of the UNHR. The speakers provided valuable contributions to the topic – however, a certain level of abstraction was present in all the speeches. Only some of the speakers, such as Mr. Patrick Gaspard, referred and advised concrete solutions and recommendations for the future of human rights.


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