On 14 March 2011, the Council of Europe invited representatives of international institutions and civil society organisations to discuss strategies to assist member States with the national implementation of regional and international texts on citizenship and human rights education. This fifth inter-institutional meeting launched an Inter-institutional Contact Group on Citizenship and Human Rights Education. The main objective of the contact group is to ensure systematic and sustainable coordination of inter-governmental initiatives in this field.
The contact group – which currently includes the OHCHR, UNESCO, OSCE/ODIHR, European Commission, EU FRA and the Council of Europe - agreed on a number of concrete initiatives, including 1) the mapping of relevant programmes, 2) development of a joint calendar of international events, and 3) a joint publication on key international texts. International civil society organisations – such as Human Rights Education Associates, DARE- Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe, European Union of Students, and International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement - will provide feedback and advice to the institutions through regular meetings and on-line platform.
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