Much to recommend: James Nelson, an advisor to the project, on a UNESCO education revision

‘This was my first experience of a UNESCO inter-governmental negotiation.’

‘It was a privilege to be involved.’ | Photo: by Matthew TenBruggencate on Unsplash

Nearly fifty years ago, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) wrote an influential ‘Recommendation’ on education for peace and human rights. This month, the forty-second General Assembly has ratified a new version. With wars raging in Ukraine, Israel-Palestine, and elsewhere, it seems especially significant that member states have achieved agreement around such a document. It promotes: education for peace and human rights; international understanding; cooperation; fundamental freedoms; global citizenship; and sustainable development. I want to look at what is new in this Recommendation, and to draw attention to some additions of particular interest to Quakers.

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