Advocacy

Democracy workshop in Angola

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Democracy workshop in Angola

UNESCO advocates for the inclusion of human rights principles and values within the education system and encourages Member States to draw up national plans of action for human rights education.

The Organization does this through international and regional conferences, national forums and workshops, production and distribution of human rights education resources, and networking of relevant stakeholders.

Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)  
The 60th Anniversary of the UDHR served to assess in what ways, and to what extent, these objectives have been met. UNESCO organized throughout 2008 a series of activities and events with its partners including National Commissions for UNESCO. 

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) 
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) assigns two basic functions to education. It stipulates that “Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality” and that “it shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace”. 

World Day against Child Labour 
This joint statement of support for the World Day against Child Labour (12 June) was issued in June 2008 by the United Nations Inter-Agency Coordinating Committee on Human Rights Education in the School System (UNIACC), of which UNESCO is an active member.

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