United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and
The General Assembly,
Reaffirming the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations with
regard to the promotion and encouragement of respect for all human rights and fundamental
freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion,
Reaffirming also that every individual and every organ of society shall strive by
teaching and education to promote respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms,
Reaffirming further that everyone has the right to education, and that education shall
be directed to the full development of the human personality and the sense of its dignity,
and enable all persons to participate effectively in a free society and promote
understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations and all racial, ethnic or religious
groups, and further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace,
security and the promotion of development and human rights,
Reaffirming that States are duty-bound, as stipulated in the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and in
other human rights instruments, to ensure that education is aimed at strengthening respect
for human rights and fundamental freedoms,
Acknowledging the fundamental importance of human rights education and training
in contributing to the promotion, protection and effective realization of all human rights,
Reaffirming the call of the World Conference on Human Rights,1 held in Vienna in
1993, on all States and institutions to include human rights, humanitarian law, democracy
and rule of law in the curricula of all learning institutions, and stating that human rights
education should include peace, democracy, development and social justice, as set forth in
international and regional human rights instruments, in order to achieve common
understanding and awareness with a view to strengthening universal commitment to human
Recalling the 2005 World Summit Outcome,2 in which Heads of State and
Government supported the promotion of human rights education and learning at all levels,
including through the implementation of the World Programme for Human Rights
Education, and encouraged all States to develop initiatives in this regard,
Motivated by the desire to send a strong signal to the international community to
strengthen all efforts in human rights education and training through a collective
commitment by all stakeholders,


A/CONF.157/24 (Part I), chap. II, para. 79.
General Assembly resolution 60/1.


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