We believe that Human Rights Education and training helps in the prevention of human rights abuses and conflicts, fosters respect for diversity and human dignity, promotion of equality, non-discrimination and social justice, sustainable development, promotion of interreligious and intercultural dialogue and the enhancement of participation in decision-making processes within and among societies.
We would also like to underscore the cross-cutting nature of Human Rights Education and its importance for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including goals 4 (education), 5 (gender equality) and 16 (peaceful and inclusive societies).
Bearing in mind the significance of Human Rights Education, for the implementation of World Programme for Human Rights Education and Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training, we, Pakistan, have taken a number of steps:
- The National Action Plan for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights which was adopted in February 2016 includes Human Rights Education as one of its main pillars. The Prime Minister of Pakistan has allocated 450 million for human rights education, awareness raising and sensitization.
- Human Rights Education is being made part of school curriculum.
- Human Rights Education is now an integral part of the training of Government officials, judiciary and Law Enforcement Agencies.
- Civil Society Organizations as well as media is raising awareness about the importance of Human Rights Education.
- Recognizing that national human rights institutions can play an important role, including, where necessary, a coordinating role, in promoting Human Rights Education and training by, inter alia, raising awareness and mobilizing relevant public and private actors, we established the National Commission of Human Rights in 2012.
We would like to seek the views of panellists how to share best practices to promote human rights education for all.
I thank you.