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Role Of Unesco In Human Rights Implementation

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The protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms is an intrinsic element of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Constitution, which was adopted in London on 16 November 1945. UNESCO has adopted about 60 standard setting instruments relating to human rights. The monitoring mechanism of these standard setting instruments is based, as with other human rights instruments, on a State reporting procedure, as established in Article 4(6) and Article 8 of its Constitution. The Committee on Conventions and Recommendations is presently examining a number of options to reform these reporting mechanisms, similar efforts being made in Geneva. Several transitional measures have been recommended to the Executive Board. The main mechanism for the protection of human rights within UNESCO's areas of competence is the communication procedure established in 1978.

Keywords: committee on conventions and recommendations; human rights; monitoring mechanism; standard setting instruments; UN educational, scientific and cultural organisation (UNESCO)



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