PHILIPPINE MOBILIZES PLATFORM FOR HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION AND

TRAINING IN UNESCO, DELIVERS JOINT STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF 10

COUNTRIES

 

 

Ambassador Lazaro delivers Joint Statement on behalf of the Platform for Human Rights Education and Training at the Second Forum on Global Citizenship Education at UNESCO Headquarters

28 January 2015; Paris, France – H.E. Maria Theresa P. Lazaro, ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Philippines to UNESCO, delivered a Joint Statement on behalf of the platform for Human Rights Education and Training at the Second Forum on Global Citizenship Education at UNESCO Headquarters.

The Platform for Human Rights Education and Training is an informal, cross-regional grouping of UN member states composed of Costa Rica, Italy, Morocco, the Philippines, Senegal, Slovenia, and Switzerland which strongly support the promotion of human rights education and training.

The Permanent Delegations of Austria, Brazil, and El Salvador also co-sponsored the Joint Statement.

The Platform members congratulated UNESCO for organizing the Second Forum on Global Citizenship Education and underscored that human rights education and training is a fundamental component of Global Citizenship Education.

“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,” stated Ambassador Lazaro.

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

Ambassador Lazaro (second from right) with ambassadors and Delegates of Costa Rica, Italy, Morocco, Slovenia and Switzerland, First Secretary Hendrik Garcia and Ms. Soo-Hyang Choi, Director of the Division for Teaching, Learning and Content of UNESCO.

The member delegations of the Platform are establishing 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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Draft presented by the members of the Platform for Human Rights Education and Training: Costa Rica, Italy, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Slovenia and Switzerland.

 

Draft Decision on Human rights education and training across the sectors of UNESCO in the post-2015 development agenda.

The Executive Board,

1. Having examined  196 EX/8, in particular paragraph 25 therein;

2. Bearing in mind the Constitution of UNESCO, which states that the purpose of the Organization is to contribute to peace and security by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for human rights and fundamental freedoms for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex,  language or religion;

3. Recognizing  UNESCO’s particular interests in advancing the rights to education, culture, freedom of expression, equality, and development;

4. Welcoming the commitment of the Director-General within the 2014-2017 programme cycle to further mainstream human rights across all programmes of the Organization;

5. Considering the relevance of human rights education and training to the fulfillment of the post 2015 sustainable development agenda, particularly proposed Goals 4 (Education), 5(Gender equality); and 16 (peaceful and inclusive societies);

6. Recalling the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and other human rights instruments including the “UN Declaration on Human Rights, Education and Training” adopted by the UN General Assembly in its Resolution A/RES/66/137 on 16th February 2012;

7. Recalling also the two phases of the “World Programme for Human Rights Education” and welcoming the launch of its 3rd phase (2015-2019) as defined by relevant UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council resolutions;

8. Welcomes  the establishment of the Platform for Human Rights Education and Training composed of UN Member States Costa Rica, Italy, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Slovenia, and Switzerland;

9. Takes note of the joint statement of the Platform for Human Rights Education and Training Delivered at the Second Forum on Global Citizenship Education on 28 January 2015, co-sponsored by Austria, Brazil, El Salvador, Mexico and Peru;

10. Welcomes the objectives of the cross-regional Platform  for Human Rights Education and Training that aim at:

 

  1. Bringing added-value to awareness-raising, sharing of best practices and strengthening human rights education and training at the local, national, regional and international levels,
  2. Fostering the integration of peace, respect of the other, mutual understanding, solidarity and tolerance in education system,
  3. Promoting the universality of human rights, global citizenship, sustainable development and cultural diversity in education systems at the national and international levels,
  4. Combating extremism and violence with respect for human rights and human dignity.
  5. Encouraging the integration of gender equality and a culture of equality in education policy.
  6. Promoting the development of communication skills and dialogue in the education system,
  7. Promoting the role of higher education in disseminating anchoring the culture of peace, dialogue and respect for the other,
  8. Encouraging universities to promote intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity, and enhance protection of national and world cultural heritage,
  9. Encouraging  educational and inter-academic partnerships between members states,
  10. Supporting the role of human rights education and training in the implementation of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, and
  11. Strengthening South-South and North-South-South cooperation and capacity-building on human rights education and training;

11. Takes note with appreciation of UNESCO’s efforts to promote a human rights-based approach, notably through its work in support of Global Citizenship Education and the International Coalition of Cities against Racism, also by enhancing UN inter-agency cooperation and capacity-building on human rights education, and developing manuals on human rights, including for young people and journalists;

12. Requests the Director-General, within the limit of available resources, to further strengthen the promotion of human rights education training through existing and forthcoming programs and activities, in cooperation with the Platform for Human Rights Education and Training Member States, relevant UN agencies and stakeholders;

13. Calls upon Member States and the Director General to support and promote the role of human rights education and training in the framework of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda and of the World Programme for Human Rights Educations;

14. Request the Director-General to provide information on the implementation of this resolution in the report under this item at the 198th session of the Executive Board.

 
 

“UNESCO’s role and responsibilities in implementing Global Citizenship

Education and promoting education for Peace and Human Rights and

Education for Sustainable Development"

 

 

The Executive Board,

 

1. Having examined document 196 EX/32,

2. Recognizing UNESCO’s commitment to promoting Global Citizenship through education, as one of the three priorities of the Global Education First Initiative which was launched by the UN Secretary General in 2012, as part of objective 2 of the UNESCO Education Strategy 2014-2021, “empowering learners to be creative and responsible global citizens,”.

3. Recalling States’, and appropriate authorities’, applicable obligations and commitments to provide education aimed at strengthening respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, as outlined, inter alia, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 26 (2) and the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights, Article 13 (1).

4. Recalling37 C/Resolution 1, VII, 37 C/Resolution 12, 191 EX/Decision 6, 192 EX/Decision 8 and 194 EX/Decision 14.

5. Recalling the unanimous adoption of the United Nations General Assembly resolution 67/18, entitled “Education for Democracy”, the United Nations General Assembly resolution 53/25 entitled “International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010)” and resolution 53/243 entitled “Declaration and Program of Action on a Culture of Peace”.

6. Recalling the unanimous adoption of the United Nations General Assembly resolution 69/ 211, entitled “Follow-up to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014): Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development.

7. Recalling the Nagoya Declaration on Education for Sustainable Development, which stresses a balanced and integrated approach regarding the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development;

8. Recalling that Article 1 of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training states that “everyone has the right to know, seek and receive information about all human rights and fundamental freedoms and should have access to human rights education and training”.

9. Welcoming the establishment of the Platform for Human Rights Education and Training in UNESCO, originally established in 2007 in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva as a cross-regional grouping of UN Member States, currently composed of the permanent delegations of Costa Rica, Italy, Morocco, the Philippines, Senegal, Slovenia and Switzerland.

10. Noting with satisfaction the report on the Second UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education, held in Paris from 28-30 January 2015, contained in 196 EX/32 INF.

11. Affirms the growing importance of Global Citizenship Education as a means for eradicating the root-causes of conflicts, for combatting all forms of intolerance and racism and for preventing violent extremism, genocide and mass atrocities.

12 Also affirms that the non-cognitive dimensions of education expressed in the concept of Global Citizenship Education are important for sustainable development.

13. Welcomes and supports that Global Citizenship Education and Education for Sustainable Development are proposed as one of the targets for the post-2015 education agenda in both the Muscat Agreement and the UN Open Working Group Proposal on the Sustainable Development Goals.

14. Encourage Member States and all relevant stakeholders to further engage in supporting the role of Global Citizenship Education in the implementation of the post-2015 education agenda and its framework for action, it being understood as a multifaceted, human-rights based approach that can be delivered in various ways depending on local needs and contexts.

15. Calls for Member States, or appropriate authorities, to help ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes necessary to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights education and training, the promotion of gender equally in and through education, the promotion of  a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship education, and the appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.

16. Encourages UNESCO to help develop relevant targets and indicators to measure progress at the international and national levels, which take into account inter-cultural and linguistic diversities.

17. Encourages Members States and UNESCO to further involve youth, teachers, educators, schools staff, families and parent’s association in the conceptualization and the implementation of programmes and policies concerning Global Citizenship Education and all related aspects.

18. Invite the Director-General, as per UNESCO’s core mandate, to

  1. continue guiding Members States’ understandings of and approaches to Global Citizenship Education, bearing in mind regional and country contexts, by presenting specific elements for defining the concept of Global Citizenship Education and its relationship with Education for Sustainable           Development and Human Rights Education,
  2. enhance UNESCO’s capacity to strengthen Global Citizenship Education programs that will      contribute to the prevention of violent extremism, genocide, and atrocities, and counter the destructive manifestations of racism, xenophobia, religious intolerance, and hatred,
  3. lead global debates on Global Citizenship Education and reinforce networks of policy-makers, experts, and practitioners,
  4. facilitate the sharing of good practices, among others through the UNESCO Clearinghouse on Global Citizenship Education,
  5. facilitate various efforts for the capacity-building of key stakeholders, especially educators, policy-makers, civil society and youth, in the area of Global Citizenship Education.
  6. develop relevant guiding tools, curricular and pedagogical strategies to facilitate its mainstreaming and implementation in formal and non-formal education systems,
  7. further develop pedagogical approaches for the implementation of Global Citizenship Education,
  8. take appropriate steps to encourage the participation of various research institutes in further developing the theoretical approach and empirical grounds necessary for advocacy, policy, and implementation of Global Citizenship Education and to strengthen the links between theory and practice,
  9. fully utilize the existing network of UNESCO Institutes, Associate Schools and National Commission to systematically disseminate and strengthen the above mentioned efforts on developing global citizenship education
  10. enhance cooperation with International Institutions and the UN Initiatives related to Global Citizenship Education.

 

19. Requests with Director-General to report at the 197th session of the Executive Board, within her report on education in the post-2015 agenda, on UNESCO’s work on Global Citizenship Education.