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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

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.

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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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18 September 2018: Side Event titled “World Programme for Human Rights Education towards the Fourth phase: Empowering youth to building just, peaceful and resilient societies.”

During the 39th session of the Human Rights Council, the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning organized a side event titled: “World Programme for Human Rights Education, Fourth Phase: Empowering youth to building just, peaceful and resilient societies” 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  UNESCO Geneva Liaison Office.

Around 50 people from governments, UN agencies and NGOs attended the side event.

During the side event a new tool to promote Human Rights Education targeting especially young people, was launched.

Read the full report of the side event here

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.

For full statement please click here.

6 March 2018: Side Event on the World Programme for Human Rights Education: What focus for the fourth phase?

During the 37th session of the Human Rights Council, the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning organized a side-event entitled “World Programme for Human Rights Education – What focus for the fourth phase?”. The event took place at the UN, Geneva and was co-sponsored by the UN Member States Platform on Human Rights Education and Training and the UNESCO Liaison Office in Geneva.

The objectives of the panel discussion were:
1. To bring and share the views of the different stakeholders, including Member States, relevant intergovernmental organizations, and civil society, regarding the focus of the fourth phase of the World Programme.
2. Take this opportunity to address progress and challenges regarding the on-going third phase of the World Programme which aims to strengthen the implementation of the first two phases and to promote human rights training for media professionals and journalists.

Speakers included representatives from UNESCO, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Permanent Mission of Italy, National Human Rights Institutions, and civil society.

Read the report of the side event here

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.

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