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05.05.2017 - Education Sector

Denmark 64th State to endorse Safe Schools Declaration

UNESCO commends the Danish government for endorsing the Safe Schools Declaration, an international political commitment to protect students, teachers, schools and universities from attack in times of armed conflict

By endorsing the Safe Schools Declaration on 3 May 2017, Denmark has become the 64th country to join an expanding community of states committed to protecting education during armed conflict.

The Safe Schools Declaration, was developed through consultations with States in a process led by Norway and Argentina in Geneva in early 2015 and was opened for endorsement at the Oslo Conference on Safe Schools on May 29, 2015. During the 38th session of UNESCO’s General Conference in November 2015, the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway participated in an event to raise awareness about the Declaration. In 2014, together with Ms Leila Zerrougui, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative to Protect Children in Armed Conflict, Ms Bokova launched  the Guidance Note on Attacks against schools and hospitals, to build on UN Security Council Resolution 1998 (2011).  UNESCO is a member of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack.

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