Friday, 17 December 2010

NEWS: Update on the World Programme for Human Rights Education

Dear colleagues,

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights would like to inform you of two recent developments related to the World Programme for Human Rights Education (2005-ongoing).

As you may recall, the Human Rights Council decided in resolution 12/4 that the second phase (2010-2014) of the World Programme would focus on higher education, teachers and educators, civil servants, law enforcement officials and the military, while human rights education in the school system should also continue to be implemented. As mandated, OHCHR developed in consultation with UNESCO and other actors, a "Draft plan of action for the second phase (2010-2014) of the World Programme for Human Rights Education" (document A/HRC/15/28). The new plan of action provides practical guidance to governments and other stakeholders on implementing human rights education and training for the aforementioned target sectors. The document is available in the six official languages of the United Nations at http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/education/training/secondphase.htm.
On 30 September 2010, the Human Rights Council adopted this plan of action by its resolution 15/11.

In addition, we would like to draw your attention to the "Final evaluation of the implementation of the first phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education - Report of the United Nations Inter-Agency Coordinating Committee on Human Rights Education in the School System, as submitted by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights" that is mainly based on national evaluation reports submitted by governments, as mandated by the Human Rights Council. This report is now before the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 12/4. The report (document A/65/322) is available on OHCHR website, where the national evaluation reports received by OHCHR can also be accessed (http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/education/training/evaluationWPHRE.htm).

With kind regards,

Methodology, Education and Training Section
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/education/training/programme.htm