Vietnam integrates human rights education into community activities
Vietnam is aware of the significance of education, especially human rights education, which has been integrated into academic curriculum, media communications, and community activities in Vietnam, said Ambassador Nguyen Trung Thanh, head of Vietnam’s Permanent Mission to the UN, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other international organizations in Geneva.
He made the remarks at a discussion marking five years since the adoption of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training in Geneva on September 14th. The discussion took place within the framework of the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
Ambassador Nguyen Trung Thanh, head of Vietnam’s Permanent Mission to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva (Photo: VNA)
Mr. Thanh also will introduce Vietnam’s plan to organize an international seminar on educating women and girls about human trafficking on the fringe of the 33rd session on September 27th.
The initiative is sponsored by several countries and international organizations, including the Philippines, Australia and the International Organization for Migration.
The 33rd session, which runs from September 13th – 30th, will feature discussions on the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training, gender perspective, youth and human rights, and violence against women and girls.
Apart from a dialogue on the UN’s mechanisms and special procedures on human rights, the session will mull the Universal Periodic Reviews of 14 countries.
UNHRC operations, safety of journalists, access to clean water, environmental hygiene, along with situations in Georgia, Syria, Burundi and Sudan will be hot topics at the event.
This is the last session Vietnam serves as member of the UNHRC for 2014-2016. During the tenure the country has raised several initiatives, the most noteworthy being a resolution on climate change and children’s rights approved in June 2016.