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Published on Dec 7, 2016
International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (EAFORD)
Interactive dialogue under agenda Item 3 - High-level panel discussion on the 5th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training
Joint Statement with International Organization for the Right to Education and Freedom of Education (OIDEL)
Delivered by Ms. Claire de Lavernette
Thank you, Mr. President
I speak on behalf of 16 organizations. Since its creation ten years ago, and with appreciation to the Platform comprising now nine States, the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning has been continuously advocating to give Human Rights Education its full place in the work of the Council.
So, the holding of this panel to mark the 5th anniversary of the UN Declaration is very welcome. Indeed, human rights education plays a key role in building inclusive societies and a sustainable future, especially by strengthening social cohesion and preventing violence in all its forms, even the most extreme.
Human rights education is part of international law. Its concept has been clearly defined by the UN Declaration but the challenges of its implementation and follow-up remain. The adoption a year ago of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and of the Education 2030, Framework for Action opens up new opportunities for implementation at all levels.
We would like to insist, though, on the need for States to include Human Rights Education in all their reports to United Nations human rights treaty bodies and agencies.
We would also recommend the following:
1. Focus on implementation of human rights education within other global education initiatives such as Education First or Global Citizenship Education, among others. It is essential to clarify the linkages between human rights education and all new initiatives so as to allow better implementation without loss of energy, time or resources.
2. Reinforce an existing entity, in a view to obtain stronger synergy among initiatives of UN agencies, intergovernmental entities and governments. Complementary and coordinated efforts at all levels are key in this respect.
Lastly, Mr. President, we would encourage those interested to read our joint written statement to this session, which develop this crucial issue of the implementation of human rights education.