08.12.2010 -

Human Rights Day (10 December) - against discrimination

© UNESCO/Rocky RoeEducation is a human right

“Human rights are universal, but they are not always universally accepted,” says UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in her message for Human Rights Day, 10 December 2010. “Our task is to persuade and nurture all societies and states to move in this direction.”

This year, Human Rights Day pays tribute to the work of human rights defenders worldwide who combat discrimination.  

Students of the UNESCO Associated Schools (ASPnet) of Canada participated in the annual Student Conference on Human Rights, held at the UN (New York 1 - 3 December), on "Discrimination and the Rights of the Child". They joined more than 300 students from the United States, the Caribbean states, France and Mexico. Participants produced a number of practical ideas to advance young people's knowledge of human rights, children's rights and their implementation. Suggestions included the use of social media to communicate human rights messages among youth around the world. 

UNESCO promotes the respect of human rights of all through education. The Organization has been actively involved in the follow-up to the World Programme for Human Rights Education (2005-ongoing). The Plan of Action of the Second Phase (2010-2014) was adopted by the Human Rights Council last September and focuses on human rights education for higher education as well as human rights training programmes for teachers, educators, and other actors. Peace and Human Rights Education is also one of the study themes of ASPnet.


Further reading:

UNESCO Director-General’s message for Human Rights Day 

UNESCO Human Rights Education website

UNESCO Associated Schools (ASPnet)  

UN website on Human Rights Day

World Programme for Human Rights Education website

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