39th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

On 27 September 2018, the Human Rights Council confirmed that the fourth phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education (2020-2024) will focus on youth, with special emphasis on education and training in equality, human rights and non-discrimination, and inclusion and respect for diversity with the aim of building inclusive and peaceful societies. It was also decided to align the fourth phase with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and specifically with target 4.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Council has tasked the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to prepare a plan of action for the fourth phase through a consultative process, and to submit the plan of action to the Human Rights Council for its consideration at its fourty-second session. As the World Programme is an ongoing initiative structured in consecutive phases, the Council reaffirmed that states should continue the implementation of previous phases, while taking the necessary measures to implement the fourth phase.


Human Rights Council reviews interim progress report World Programme for Human Rights Education

36th session of the UN Human Rights Council (source: Forum Asia)

Last week the Human Rights Council discussed the mid-term progress report of the Third Phase (2015-2019) of the World Programme for Human Rights Education. The Third Phase focuses on strengthening the implementation of the first two phases and promoting human rights training for media professionals and journalists.

Member states concluded that despite the progress made so far much remains to be done nationally and internationally to implement human rights education in all sectors.

The mid-term progress report and reports submitted by individual states can be found at the OHCHR website.

The discussion in the HRC session can be read here.

New exhibition on the power of human rights education opens in Geneva

8 March 2017
A new exhibition “Transforming Lives: The Power of Human Rights Education,” was launched on March 6th at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
Transforming Lives: The Power of Human Rights EducationOn display until March 17, the exhibition raises awareness of the role of human rights education in promoting dignity, equality and peace, and preventing human rights violations and abuses. It marks the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training in December 2011.
The exhibition is co-organized by HRE 2020, Soka Gakkai International (SGI), the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning, and the states comprising the Platform for Human Rights and Training (Brazil, Costa Rica, Italy, Morocco, the Philippines, Senegal, Slovenia, Switzerland and Thailand), with thanks to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
At the opening, Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations Office at Geneva Ambassador Maria Nazareth Farani Azevêdo commented, “Human rights education and training are critical to achieving a society of peace, tolerance and...

HRE 2020 presents at Human Rights Council

15 September 2016

The Human Rights Council organised a "High Level Panel Discussion on the Implementation of the UN Declaration Human Rights Education and Training" in Geneva on 14 September 2016. On behalf of HRE 2020, Sneh Aurora delivered a statement.
The statement highlighted the need to focus on national implementation and follow-up of human rights education and training initiatives, and the role of states, UN mechanisms and civil society. HRE 2020 continues to stress that implementation and follow-up can be effectively achieved through partnership and cooperation. States should engage with civil society organisations (including NGOs, national human rights institutions, trade unions, educational institutions, and media) in the planning, implementation and monitoring of national strategies and programmes on human rights education and training.

HRE 2020 members meet during International Human Rights Education Conference

27 December 2015

HRE 2020 coalition members met on 17 December 2015 during the Sixth International Human Rights Education Conference in Middelburg, the Netherlands. The meeting was the first opportunity for many members to meet in person. The coalition began its work planning for 2016-2017, which it will continue in its next meeting.