Climb Every Mountain

Italian alpine climber Daniele Nardi is one of an elite group who have made it to the summit of five of the 14 highest mountains on Earth, the “eight-thousanders” as they are known because they rise above 8,000 meters (26,200 feet). His mountaineering conquests include reaching the summit of the two tallest peaks: Mount Everest and the notoriously dangerous K2.

“The real joy of the challenge is in pushing beyond your limits. I love to climb these peaks because they make me feel alive,” he says.

Nardi’s second passion is helping young people. It was at a 2009 Youth for Human Rights concert, the youth component of United for Human Rights, that Nardi discovered a way to combine his two passions.

Human Rights Flag
Daniele Nardi takes his “Human Rights Flag” to some of the highest peaks in the world.
Daniele Nardi has now brought the Flag to the top of some of the highest peaks in the world, including Mount Everest, Bhagirathi Mountain and ninth-tallest Nanga Parbat.

Through teaming up with the Youth for Human Rights (YHRI) Rome chapter, headed by Maria Elena Martini, Nardi channels his mountaineering drive into what he calls an even higher goal: helping young people understand and embrace the inalienable human rights of all people. Nardi and the YHR Rome team visit schools in Italy promoting the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights through what they call “The Human Rights School on the High Peaks.” The YHR Rome team uses the Youth for Human Rights Educator’s Guide, PSAs and The Story of Human Rights DVD to teach other young people what the subject is all about.

In his presentations, Nardi invites children to sign his “Human Rights Flag” as a commitment to respect and promote the cause—and thousands of young people have. Nardi then carries the flags when he climbs and symbolically plants them at every mountain peak he reaches.

He has now brought the Flag to the top of some of the highest peaks in the world, including Mount Everest, Bhagirathi Mountain and ninth-tallest Nanga Parbat. He also talks about human rights in TV and radio interviews, sometimes broadcasting live from the mountains he is climbing with Human Rights Flag in hand.

“It’s a way to bring human rights alive,” Nardi says. “My hope is that the younger generation is inspired by my example and that this helps them through the challenges of everyday life.”

The Youth for Human Rights Rome chapter and Daniele Nardi have taught basic human rights to 12,000 students in 80 schools.

They continue to reach out each year to more and more students and Daniele Nardi continues to reach higher and higher to achieve his goal of bringing human rights to the children of Italy.

Youth for Human Rights Rome with Daniele Nardi have taught over 12,000 students their basic human rights.


Because oppression knows no boundaries, Youth for Human Rights materials are translated in 22 languages, including those spoken by relatively few people.

Tetum Spoken by 85% of the 1.1 million people of Timor-Leste.
Mongolian Spoken by 5.2 million people in Mongolia and the Mongolian region of China.
Urdu National language of Pakistan and also an official language of six Indian states.


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