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24.10.2016 - Education Sector

Global momentum for citizenship and human rights education acknowledged

The 5th Meeting of the International Contact Group on Citizenship and Human Rights Education was held in Budapest, Hungary, on 6-7 October 2016 bringing together leading organizations, including UNESCO, working in the field of human rights education and training and citizenship education.

The yearly meeting of the international contact group seeks to ensure close co-operation among regional and international initiatives in the field of citizenship and human rights education.

Following a fruitful and active exchange of information, participants agreed that there was a global momentum for education as a top priority, due to the adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and on-going global challenges such as the refugee crisis and the rise of violent extremism.

To address these issues, organizations have actively responded by developing resources, and using their convening power to organize high level events and capacity-building activities.

Focus on target 4.7 and broader membership

During the meeting, participants agreed to organize the next international contact group meeting in Paris with a focus on Target 4.7 of the SDG4-Education 2030 agenda and quality education. To broaden the membership, other relevant regional organizations will be invited. It was also decided to update the International Contact Group website, with relevant communication items and links to key networks.

Organizations taking part included UNHCR, UNESCO, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the European Commission, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, the, Organization of American States and the Council of Europe.

The International Contact Group on citizenship and human rights education was set up in 2011 with a view to ensure close co-operation among regional and international initiatives in this field.

UNESCO’s participation in this group is guided by its work in support to Global Citizenship Education and long standing experience in human rights and peace education.




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