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With approximately 300 participants from over 50 countries, the discussions at the International Conference on Human Rights Education – Bridging our Diversities were rich and the opportunities for exploring collaboration were tremendous.

To ensure that our time together was productive and has a lasting impact, the Conference organizers documented as many of good practices as possible during the conference and are compiling those for publication in 2018.  As the conference was the largest gathering of human rights educators in 2017, we want to take advantage of this opportunity to reaffirm our collective commitment to human rights education. We also wish to remind all stakeholders of some related guidance developed and agreed upon internationally in recent years – drawing on United Nations documents such as the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training (2011), the three Plans of Action for the World Programme for Human Rights Education (2005-ongoing) and others.

The Conference Declaration and Recommendations (available here) compile existing commitments and strategic actions that can reinforce the practice of human rights education globally. We encourage you to take note of the contents of the Declaration and Recommendations and to reflect on how you, as an individual or as part of an organization or community, can contribute towards their implementation and our common aim of strengthening a culture of human rights worldwide.


In solidarity,

Ian Hamilton
Executive Director
Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education