19 June 2020: Joint Written Statement – HRE& COVID-19 44th Session of the HRC

A joint written statement titled: “COVID-19 and Human Rights Education” was submitted by 18 NGOs to the 44th session of the Human Rights Council.

The statement highlights four key actions:

  1. The rise of manifestation of racism, xenophobia, and discrimination such hate speech and hate crime, highlights the urgent need to accelerate the process of integrating human rights education for all young people, including those with disabilities, into all public and private educational systems and curricula, to foster a future generation that can uphold
    and defend their own rights as well as the rights of others, standing up against injustice and develop a sense of common humanity.
  2. The participation and voices of all youth is essential, particularly those who are most marginalized. This is crucial, to ensure that their firsthand experiences can contribute towards building truly inclusive, equal and just societies, ensuring that no one is left behind.
  3. Access to funds and resources for organizations working on human rights education with youth should be guaranteed, especially in these crucial times, ensuring that existing and future programmes are prioritized and funding ring-fenced.
  4. States must ensure that all people, without exception of any kind, and based on the
    principles of equality and non-discrimination, have access to accurate, reliable, and timely information about COVID-19 and to education about their human rights, including health, in a variety of accessible languages and formats.

Full statement is available HERE.

15 February 2019: Joint written statement to the 40th session of the HRC

A joint written statement titled “World Programme for Human Rights Education and Target 4.7 of the SDGs Implementation and follow-up in the next Plan of Action?” was submitted during the 40th session of the HRC.

In its resolution A/HRC/RES/39/3 adopted on 27 September 2018, the Human Rights Council decided to make youth the focus group of the fourth phase of the World Programme and to align the fourth phase with the 2030 Agenda and specifically with target 4.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals, as reflected in the OHCHR report (A/HRC/39/35). In the same resolution, the HRC also requests the OHCHR to prepare a Plan of Action for the fourth phase, in consultation with all stakeholders, and to submit it for its consideration during forty-second session of the Human Rights Council in September 2019. In this statement the NGO WG on HREL emphasized key points for the Plan of Action of the fourth phase of the World Programme on Human Rights Education.

The statement was co-signed by 14 organizations.


6 February 2018: Joint written statement to the 37th session of the HRC

A Joint written statement ‘Proposals for the focus of the 4th Phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education‘, of 18 co-signatories organizations was submitted during the 37th session of the HRC.

The statement reflects views expressed in discussions of the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning of the NGO Commitee of Human Rights of CoNGO.

Two suggestions were made as possible focus: 1. the adoption of a cultural approach 2. youth as target sector.



13 September 2016: Joint written statement of the 5th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training

A joint written statement of the 5th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights and Training, of 23 co-signatory organisations, was submitted to the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC).

The NGOs stated that NGOs, in close collaboration with other actors, can support governments in promoting and providing human rights education as affirmed in resolution HRC/31/l.12 and also in the elaboration and monitoring of the national strategy. The NGO Working Group remains committed to to facilitate information sharing at all levels by identifying, collecting and disseminating information on good practices.

For the full statement please click here.

18 February 2016: Joint written statement on Human Rights Education in the context of the 2030 Agenda: A new opportunity

A joint written statement of 33 organizations was submitted at the 31 session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC).

The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals1 (SDGs) by the General Assembly and of the Education 2030, Framework for action by UNESCO opens up new opportunities for the implementation of Human Rights Education at all levels.
Goal 4 of the SDGs, dedicated to Education, calls on States to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Its target 7 is particularly relevant to Human Rights Education as it states: “By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development”.

For the full written statement please click here.