05.05.2015 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

UNESCO in Brazil and OHCHR launch Portuguese version of action plan for media professionals

The publication presents the third phase (2015-2019) of the World Programme for Human Rights Education.

The United Nations in Brazil launches the Portuguese version of the third phase of the Action Plan of the World Programme for Human Rights Education in Brasilia, on Wednesday, 06 May, 2015. The publication, which will be available only in electronic format, is devoted to strengthening the implementation of the first two phases and promoting human rights training for media professionals and journalists.

One of the suggestions made by the UN in this action plan is the inclusion of the human rights theme in journalism schools curricula. Another suggested strategy is the respect to basic principles of human rights, as a mechanism to counteract hate, as well as the respect for whistle-blower protection and the protection of journalistic sources, and the freedom of information and expression.

The Action Plan will be launched during the International Seminar on Human Rights Education, organized by the Human Rights Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic, on 6 May, 2015, starting at 9 a.m. The Officer of Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO in Brazil, Fábio Eon, will be one of the speakers in one of the round tables on human rights education national plans.

The World Programme for Human Rights Education, coordinated by UNESCO and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, gathers contributions of the UN Member States and civil society to present guidelines on building education programmes based on the respect for human rights.

The World Programme is comprised by three phases, designed to better link and articulate governmental and non-governmental efforts concerning a culture of human rights promotion and advocacy. The first phase of the World Programme (2005-2009) made recommendations, references and suggestions devoted to the integration of human rights education in the primary and secondary school systems. The second phase of the World Programme (2010-2014), was focused on human rights education in higher education and human rights training for teachers and educators, civil servants, law enforcement officials and military personnel at all levels. Finally, the third phase, which initiates in 2015 and goes until 2019, focuses on journalists, bloggers and media professionals.

Since 2004, the UNESCO in Brazil has supported the Brazilian government in building programmes of human rights education through a cooperation agreement with the Human Rights Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic entitled "Human Rights Education – Building a Culture of Respect for Democracy and Justice”. The agreement has resulted in subsidies for the National Plan on Human Rights Education (Plano Nacional de Educação em Direitos Humanos – PNEDH), for the National Committee of Human Rights Education (Comitê Nacional de Educação em Direitos Humanos – CNEDH) and, more recently, for the Curricular Guidelines on Human Rights Education approved by the National Education Council (Conselho Nacional de Educação – CNE).

More information:

UNESCO in Brazil – Unit of Communication, Public Information and Publications

- Ana Lúcia Guimarães, (61) 2106-3536, (61) 9966-3287, a.guimaraes(at)unesco.org
- Demétrio Weber, (61) 2106-3538, d.weber(at)unesco.org

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