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First phase (2005-2009) of the World Programme for Human Rights Education

The first phase (2005-2009) of the World Programme for Human Rights Education focused on human rights education in the primary and secondary school systems. Although the first phase was initially launched for three years (until 2007), the Human Rights Council subsequently decided, in its resolution 6/24 (28 September 2007), to extend it until the end of 2009. Developed by a broad group of education and human rights practitioners from all continents, the Plan of Action for the first phase proposed a concrete strategy and practical ideas for implementing human rights education nationally. The Plan of Action was adopted by General Assembly resolution 59/113 B (14 July 2005).

The United Nations Inter-Agency Coordinating Committee on Human Rights Education in the School System (UNIACC) was established in September 2006 to facilitate coordinated United Nations support to the national implementation of the Plan of Action during the World Programme’s first phase.