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Promotion of Human Rights
With regard to the promotion of human rights, action is concentrated in areas where UNESCO has a special mandate: generating and sharing knowledge, protecting human rights, renewing and reinforcing commitment to human rights education and providing advisory services and technical assistance to Member States.
UNESCO’s role in the field of human rights is founded in its Constitution. There it is stated that the Organization shall further respect for justice, for the rule of law and for human rights and fundamental freedoms without discrimination of any kind.

UNESCO is working for the advancement of all human rights. However, there are certain rights for which the Organization has a special responsibility. These are the right to education, the right to take part in cultural life, the right to freedom of opinion and expression, including the right to seek, receive and impart information, the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications.

UNESCO has made a valuable contribution to the efforts of the international community to further respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all mainly by means of normative action, education, research, information and training.

UNESCO's work in the field of human rights extends the Organization’s contribution in the ethical and standard-setting dimensions. It has three major aims:

  • strengthen awareness;
  • act as a catalyst for regional, national and international action in human rights;
  • foster cooperation with all actors and networks.
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