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    The unassailable rights of persons
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    Because diversity enriches us
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    Understanding and dialogue that will
    allow us to advance as human beings

The Human Rights Room

The ONUART Foundation’s first major project was the refurbishment of Room XX which, after the renovation, has been renamed “Human Rights and Alliance of Civilisations Room”.
The Human Rights Room in the Palais des Nations was inaugurated by the King and Queen of Spain and the Secretary-General of the UN, with the presence of the President of the Spanish Government, the President of the Swiss Confederation and the Turkish Prime Minister on 18 November 2008. Four months later, in March 2009, it was officially inaugurated on the occasion of the staging of the Human Rights Council. The Human Rights Room is the most modern negotiation room of the United Nations and is equipped with the latest technological advances in terms of audiovisual mediums, conference services, interpretation and telecommunications systems. It can seat 742 delegates and hosts the meetings of the United Nations Human Rights Council and any activities that the United Nations Organisation deems appropriate to stage in this venue.
Since it was inaugurated, the Human Rights Room has hosted two plenary sessions of the Human Rights Council and more than 280 meetings of various Geneva-based International Bodies, with approximately 35,000 delegates having attended and more than 150,000 people having visited it.

The Dome

In his work, the artist sought to represent the glory of the sea and its movement. This sea is transformed depending on the light, the space and the spot where the spectator stands. The work blends serenity and movement and, in the words of the author, “generates different perceptions which, owing to its internal dynamic, transmit an optimistic, positive, constructive effect”. Miquel Barceló believes that the work of art also represents and emphasises the different perceptions that may exist when engaging in multilateral negotiations and processes of dialogue, and also the importance of not forgetting that not all of us see an issue from the same perspective or point of view. This is why the Human Rights Room of the Palais des Nations is an ideal place and the perfect stage for displaying this work of art.

Phases of creation

The process in images

Creation of the relief

First pictorial phase: application of colours

Second pictorial phase: final application of 3 colours

Third pictorial phase: final touch-ups