Unlocking Human Rights in Mental Health: WHO and OHCHR Launch Event

Unlocking Human Rights in Mental Health: WHO and OHCHR Launch Event
Author: The DAI Admin Team
Published: Thursday, September 21st 2023

Dementia Alliance International is excited to promote an important event being hosted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). On Monday, October 9, 2023, from 12:30 to 14:30 CEST, they are set to unveil groundbreaking guidance on mental health, human rights, and legislation at their launch event. 

Register to Attend:

  • Held on Monday 9 October 2023 (12:30 to 14:30 CEST, check your time here)

  • You can register your participation by clicking here.

Guidance for Human Rights and Mental Health:

The collaboration between WHO and OHCHR has resulted in the development of essential guidance that will shape the future of mental health policies and legislation worldwide. This guidance is designed to equip policy makers, lawmakers, and stakeholders with the knowledge and tools needed to formulate laws that align with international human rights standards, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).

Furthermore, this comprehensive resource offers practical insights into the development, implementation, and evaluation of mental health-related legislation through a rights-based approach. This is a significant step toward fostering a more inclusive and rights-focused approach to mental health, and it aligns with Dementia Alliance International's mission to empower individuals living with dementia and related conditions.

Key Speakers and Moderators:

The launch event will feature distinguished speakers who will shed light on the importance of this guidance. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of WHO, and Mr. Volker Türk, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, will lead the discussions. The event will be moderated by Mr. Daniel Bergner, a renowned writer for The New York Times Magazine.

Interactive Dialogue:

One of the unique aspects of this event is the opportunity for interactive dialogue. The discussions will involve individuals with lived experience, UN officials, high-level government representatives, and civil society leaders. This inclusive dialogue aims to highlight the urgency of taking action in the field of mental health and emphasize how the new WHO/OHCHR guidance has the potential to support person-centered, recovery-oriented, rights-based law reform efforts worldwide. This is a crucial step toward ensuring that the rights and dignity of individuals living with dementia and other cognitive impairments are upheld.

Multilingual Accessibility:

To ensure that this event reaches a global audience, it will be conducted in English, with interpretation available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish. Additionally, international sign language and captioning will be provided to enhance accessibility for all participants.


The launch of the WHO/OHCHR joint publication, "Mental health, human rights, and legislation: guidance and practice," is an exciting moment in the field of mental health and human rights. Dementia Alliance International encourages all our members to participate in this event to gain valuable insights, engage in meaningful discussions, and contribute to the global movement toward more inclusive, rights-based mental health policies and legislation.

Register now for the launch event.

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