UNited nations digital ambassador Elyx animates Universal Declaration
of Human Rights

Ahead of Human Rights Day on 10 December, the United Nations has partnered with French digital artist YAK (Yacine Ait Kaci) – whose illustrated character ELYX is the first digital ambassador of the United Nations – on an animated version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The 30 articles of the Declaration come to life through easy-to-follow and symbolic movements that correlate with a word or phrase from the article.

“Elyx expresses himself without any words. What ELYX does, anyone on the street can do, you can represent your life, your freedom, your protections before the law, and so on,” said YAK.

Nanette Braun, Director of Campaigns at the UN Department for Global Communications, said: “We are delighted to have our digital ambassador ELYX on board as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration is as relevant as ever and Elyx helps us to connect and engage in particular younger audiences on human rights.”

Elyx is a universal ambassador for the United Nations. In addition to the intergenerational appeal of ELYX, who is stylized to look like a young child’s drawing, the digital ambassador has no race, age, nationality or gender.

Audiences can begin to expect social media posts with ELYX and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights starting from today, and throughout 2024.

This is the second time that the United Nations partnered with ELYX on human rights, following an illustrated version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2014.

United Nations Press Release, Nov 2023

Discover the virtual exhibition of the UDHR 75 with elyx

Conversation with Ilze Brands Kehris, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights during 2023 U.N.G.A.

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