13 September 2019: Joint Oral Statement delivered at the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council.

On 13th September 2019, a Joint Oral Statement on behalf of 17 organizations was delivered at the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council.

The statement welcomed the Plan of Action for the fourth phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education, focusing on youth, that has been prepared by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in close consultation with several stakeholders including civil society and particularly youth representatives.

The statement emphasized that a significant gap still exists between formal international support for Human Rights Education and national implementation and called on States to support the adoption of the Plan of Action for the fourth phase of the World Programme and to ensure significant commitments to implement it, including submitting follow-up reports requested by OHCHR.

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8 March 2019: Joint Oral Statement delivered at the 40th session of the Human Rights Council

On 8th March 2019, a Joint Oral Statement was delivered during the 40th session of the Human Rights Council on behalf of 17 organizations.

The Resolution A/HRC/RES/39/3 adopted on 27 September 2018 requested the OHCHR to prepare a Plan of Action for the fourth phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education, in consultation with all stakeholders, and to submit it during forty-second session of the Human Rights Council.

In this context, the NGO WG on HREL provided key points for the draft of the Plan of Action, including  the importance of indicators for measuring impact of HRE advancement and of an inclusive Plan of Action, which adequately reflects young peoples’ voices.

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14 September 2018: Joint Oral Statement during the 39th session of the Human Rights Council

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.

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25 September 2017: Joint Oral Statement during the 36th session of the Human Rights Council

On 25th September 2017,  a Joint Oral Statement ‘Assessment of the World Programme for Human Rights Education Third Phase’  was delivered during the 36th session of the Human Rights Council on behalf of 16 organizations.

The statement remarked that Human Rights Training, especially for media professionals and journalists remains a challenge. It is necessary to address evaluation and follow-up of all human rights training processes. The definition of criteria and indicators is essential for the monitoring of human rights education.

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14 June 2017: Joint Oral Statement during the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council

On 14 June 2017, a Joint Oral Statement was delivered during the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council on behalf of 17 organizations.

The Statement remarked the the increasing recognition of the fundamental role of Human Rights Education for preventing and addressing current global challenges. Stronger synergies between programmes of UN agencies, intergovernmental entities and governments are necessary.

In this context, the NGO Working Group organized a seminar that brought together the States Platform on Human Rights Education and Training and UNESCO the Office of the High Commissioner, UNODC and civil society, to address the complementarity and coordination of the various programmes.

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10 March 2017: Joint Oral Statement 34th Session of the Human Rights Council

On 10 March 2017, a Joint Oral Statement ‘The World Programme for Human Rights Education, Implementation of the Third phase’ was delivered on behalf of 25 organizations, during the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council.

The Statement stressed the key role of the World Programme for Human Rights Education as an essential tool for implementing the UN Declaration, by providing a concrete framework for action and by strengthening partnerships and cooperation at all levels.

It emphasized also that the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) had invited all Member States and National Human Rights Institutions to submit information on national implementation of the third phase of the World Programme and urged all Member States to contribute their national feedback.

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14 September 2016: Joint Oral Statement 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council

A joint NGOs oral statement on behalf of 15 organizations was delivered at the plenary of the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council.

The NGOs recommended to States the inclusion of Human Rights Education in all their reports to United Nations human rights treaty bodies and agencies; to focus on implementation of human rights education within other global education initiatives such as Education First or Global Citizenship Education, among others; and to obtain stronger synergy among initiatives of UN agencies, intergovernmental entities and governments.

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