29.01.2015 - Delegation of Philippines

Cross-regional platform for human rights education and training issues joint statement in UNESCO

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28 January 2015; Paris, France, UNESCO

The Platform for Human Rights Education and Training, whose members include Costa Rica, Italy, Morocco, the Philippines, Senegal, Slovenia, and Switzerland issued a Joint Statement today at the opening plenary of the Second Forum on Global Citizenship Education.

H.E. Maria Theresa P. Lazaro, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Philippines to UNESCO, delivered the Joint Statement on behalf of the delegations of the Platform for Human Rights Education and Training. The Permanent Delegation of Brazil also associated itself with the Joint Statement.

The Platform for Human Rights Education and Training is an informal, cross-regional grouping of UN member states that strongly support the promotion of human rights education and training at all levels. 

The Platform congratulated UNESCO for organizing the Second Forum on Global Citizenship Education and stated that human rights education and training is a fundamental component of Global Citizenship Education.  As quoted from their Joint Statement, “Human rights education and training empowers people to know and claim their rights and promotes mutual respect, responsibility, and non-discrimination through which our societies can live in greater peace, harmony and prosperity.”

Recalling the tragic events in Paris earlier in January, the members of the Platform reaffirmed the need to combat extremism and violence with respect for human rights and human dignity. 

The member delegations of the Platform have decided to establish an informal contact group in UNESCO.  The Platform seeks to bring added-value to discussions in UNESCO through awareness-raising activities, sharing of best practices, and strengthening human rights education programmes at the local, national and international levels. 

The Platform members aim to contribute to the 70th-year anniversary of UNESCO, and look forward to the World Education Forum and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  The Platform shall work closely with the Secretariat, other delegations, and relevant stakeholders in its endeavors.

The Platform for Human Rights Education and Training was established in 2007 in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.  Its main initiatives have been the elaboration of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2011, and the continuing promotion of the World Programme on Human Rights Education.




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