Human Rights Education: an effective strategy for preventing and addressing global challenges


How can Human Rights Education be promoted through the Education 2030 Agenda, especially target 4.7 ? This was the theme of the seminar organized by the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning which took place on 30 May at the Palais des Nations and which was attended by nearly a hundred people. It was co-sponsored by the States Platform on Human Rights Education and Training comprising Brazil, Costa Rica, Italy, Morocco, the Philippines, Senegal, Slovenia and Thailand and the UNESCO Liaison Office in Geneva.

 Human Rights Education (HRE) is an effective strategy for preventing and addressing current global challenges, including conflict and violent extremism. This increasing recognition has led to various initiatives at the international level and the seminar was an opportunity to:

 - Bring together Representatives of different programmes to update the participants on their status and examine their readability, content and complementarity

- See how Human Rights Education is promoted within these initiatives, particularly through SDG Target 4.7

 After opening remarks by H.E. Ambassador Maurizio Serra, Permanent Representative of Italy representing the States Platform for HRET and Mr Almuzaini, Director of the UNESCO Geneva Liaison Office, 4 panellists took the floor.

 First, Ms Lydia Ruprecht, Team Leader for Global Citizenship Education at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, then Gilberto Duarte Santos from UNODC in Vienna, who presented the brand new initiative Education for Justice. Followed Elena Ippoliti, Human Rights Officer at the OHCHR who presented and made an update on the World Programme for HRE and the UN Declaration on HRET and lastly Giorgia Magni from BIE-UNESCO who talked about implementing Global Citizenship Education at the national level.

 These very rich presentations and the debate which followed highlighted the complementarity of these different initiatives and concepts, stressing though the need to ensure stronger synergies between initiatives of UN agencies, intergovernmental entities and governments and monitoring mechanisms. Civil society proved to be a great partner when it comes to bridge between all these different entities.

Claire de Lavernette, Chair of the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning


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