The Future We Want

In the frame work of the 75th anniversary of the UN, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands teams up with Cartoon Movement to raise awareness about the importance of freedom, democracy, Rule of Law and human rights during a series of events in 2019 and 2020. By using the power of images, cartoons will be used as an instrument for dialogue. Dialogue will also be part of the creative process; in every project, input and ideas from people all over the world will serve as inspiration for the cartoonists.

All cartoons created during the different activities will be part of The Future We Want campaign: 75 years UN.

August 2019

Cartoon workshop at the Democracy Festival in the Netherlands The workshop makes people aware of the role of political cartoons to freedom of speech and democracy. We challenge the audience to visualize the importance of democracy in their lives.

October 2019

Four Corners of Expression – Permanent Representation of the Netherlands in Geneva

In October, we will show the vital importance of freedom of expression. Together with dancers, vloggers, and poets, we will present cartoons as a vital tool for freedom, democracy an peace.

Mental health and psychosocial support in crisis situations

Providing care to those who need it is a fundamental human right. In times of crisis, mental health assistance can be just as important as shelter and food to people who have been trough a trauma. A cartoon exhibition will show the importance of mental health care in these situations at an international high level conference held in The Hague. Through a competition among over 500 cartoonists all over the world, four cartoons will be selected and shared on postcards to raise awareness for the issue.

November 2019

Conference – 30 years of children's rights

In the month leading up to a conference celebrating 30 years of children's rights on 20 November, we will ask children all over the world to visualize their ideas on how to improve these rights. This is part of ‘the biggest children’s rights lesson ever’ organized by UNICEF in different parts of the world. At the Peace Palace in The Hague we provide cartoon workshops to children and students (future teachers).

We also invite you to share your ideas: you can share your idea as a drawing or photo in our project newsroom. You can also let us know via Twitter or Instagram (include #thefuturewewant) or post on our Facebook page. If you have another way you want to share your idea, send us an email!

December 2019

Human rights day

Throughout 2019 and 2020, we will be challenging our audiences online and offline to contribute to raising awareness about human rights. Cartoons make you think. They bring human rights to live. Let our cartoons inspire you to take action today!

You can share your idea as a drawing or photo in our project newsroom. You can also let us know via Twitter or Instagram (include #thefuturewewant) or post on our Facebook page. If you have another way you want to share your idea, send us an email! Spring 2020

UNESCO – Conference on press freedom

Around the world, human rights are increasingly under pressures and space for civil society, journalists and cartoonists is shrinking. At the UNESCO conference, an international online cartoon exhibition will raise awareness on the importance of press freedom and put the spotlight on cartoonists and journalists who are in danger because of the work they do. We will ask cartoonists from around the world to submit their best cartoons for this exhibition.

We also invite non-cartoonists to share their ideas: you can share your idea as a drawing or photo in our project newsroom. You can also let us know via Twitter or Instagram (include #thefuturewewant) or post on our Facebook page. If you have another way you want to share your idea, send us an email!

Fall 2020

United Nations 75th anniversary

In October 2020, the UN will be 75. We will employ all the cartoons created during our projects in 2019 and 2020, to show the importance of international cooperation to create ‘The Future We Want’. Cartoons will be available to our missions to use in exhibitions or on social media as a starting point for future dialogue.

Share your idea as a drawing or photo in our project newsroom. You can also let us know via Twitter or Instagram (include #thefuturewewant) or post on our Facebook page. If you have another way you want to share your idea, send us an email!

Want to talk, present or debate about any of these topics (in class or elsewhwere)? Download our education toolkit and get access to 30 cartoons about human rights you can use for free!

Videos

Peace & Justice

Animation explaining the project 'Peace & Justice'.

Human Rights Cartoons

The 30 winning cartoons that best illustrate the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.