The implementation of the Plan of Action and COVID-19

On 24th September, the NGO WG on HREL delivered an oral statement titled: ‘Implementation of the Plan of Action and COVID-19’ during the 45th session of the HRC, co-signed by 21 organizations. The statement demands States to submit their report on the review of the implementation of the third phase of the World Programme and emphasized that despite COVID-19’s challenges to the implementation of the Plan, there cannot be a “break” for human rights education which is a key condition for human rights to be a reality.

In addition, it emphasizes concrete steps to take to ensure an effective and inclusive implementation of the Plan of Action.

Full statement is available here

6 March 2020: Joint Oral Statement delivered during the 43rd session of HRC

On 6 March 2020, a Joint Oral Statement on behalf of 12 organizations of the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning was delivered at the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council at the UN Office, Geneva, Switzerland.

The statement emphasizes that  human rights education with youth is not a tick box exercise, but rather a necessary condition to prevent human rights violations and abuses, achieve peaceful, inclusive, and just societies. Recognizing that “the promotion and protection of human rights and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda are interrelated and mutually reinforcing,” effective coordination among all actors involved is crucial.

Full statement is available HERE

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.

Full statement is available HERE

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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