On 14th September 2018, a Joint Oral Statement entitled “Focus of the Fourth Phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education” was delivered during the 39th session of the Human Rights Council on behalf of 21 organizations.

The Statement welcomed the report of the Office of the High Commissioner released in June which summarizes the views of States, national human rights institutions, civil society organizations and other stakeholders on the target sectors, focus areas and thematic human rights issues for the fourth phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education.

It also remarked that youth are critical agents of change. It is essential to empower them through Human Rights Education to become active global citizens, ultimately contributing to build inclusive societies, overcoming social divides, hatred and discrimination aiming at the lofty objective of the UN of leaving no one behind.

Moreover, it emphasized the importance for the fourth phase of the World Programme to build on previous phases, to ensure the clear accountability of States and set realistic goals and means for national actions involving all stakeholders, including civil society actors.

For full statement please click here.