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World Programme for Human Rights Education, Fourth Phase: Plan of Action
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Geneva | 2022 | 53 p.
eISBN 978-92-1-005708-0
Corporate author: 
UNESCO; Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth; Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Human rights education for youth, in both formal and non-formal settings, promotes a shared sense of humanity and fosters a common understanding that all human beings are equally deserving of dignity, respect and justice. It empowers youth to fulfil their role as active citizens, to take action and uphold their human rights and those of others, and to participate meaningfully in public affairs and democratic decision-making processes.
In recognition of this, the United Nations Member States launched the fourth phase (2020–2024) of the World Programme for Human Rights Education to advance human rights education programming for youth at the national level. This focus also contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly Goal 4 on Education and target 4.7, which touches upon the aims of education.


Resource Type: 
International normative instruments / policy and advocacy documents
Conference and programme reports
Human rights
Diversity / cultural literacy / inclusive
Sustainable development / sustainability
Level of education: 
Higher education
human rights
human rights education
Youth empowerment