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World Programme for Human Rights Education (2005-ongoing)

On 10 December 2004, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed the World Programme for Human Rights Education (2005-ongoing) to advance the implementation of human rights education programmes in all sectors. The World Programme was established by the General Assembly’s resolution 59/113 (10 December 2004). OHCHR provides global coordination of the World Programme.

Building on the achievements of the United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2004), the World Programme seeks to promote a common understanding of basic principles and methodologies of human rights education, to provide a concrete framework for action and to strengthen partnerships and cooperation from the international level down to the grass roots.

Unlike the specific time frame of the Decade, the World Programme is structured in consecutive phases, in order to further focus national human rights education efforts on specific sectors/issues. The first phase (2005-2009) focused on human rights education in the primary and secondary school systems. The second phase (2010-2014) focused on human rights education for higher education and on human rights training programmes for teachers and educators, civil servants, law enforcement officials and military personnel. The third phase (2015-2019) focuses on strengthening the implementation of the first two phases and promoting human rights training for media professionals and journalists. Relevant resolutions, plans of action, reports and other information concerning the three phases can be accessed through the links below.

Fourth phase (ongoing)

Third phase (2015-2019)

Second phase (2010-2014)

First phase (2005-2009)

General Assembly resolution 59/113 A (10 December 2004) proclaiming the World Programme for Human Rights Education
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For further information, please contact:

World Programme for Human Rights Education
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CH - 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
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