Assisting Communities Together ACT

World Programme for Human Rights Education

Launch of the Fifth Phase 2005-2007 of the ACT project: grants to NGOs for human rights education activities.

Address: ACT Project, OHCHR, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland, fax: +41 22 917 90 10), E-mail.

The ACT Project focuses on a “bottom-up approach” by encouraging action at the community level with a view to improve human rights respect in practical ways, relevant to people’s specific conditions. Since 1998, OHCHR and UNDP have implemented a pilot (1998-2000), second (2000-2001), third (2001-2003) and fourth (2003-2005) phase of the ACT Project. The fifth (2005-2007) phase was launched in November 2005.

Throughout the years the ACT Project, principally aimed at strengthening local capacities for human rights education, training and public information, has also contributed, as reported by UN colleagues in the field and by grant recipients, to the following objectives:

  • - improvement of the human rights record at the local and national levels;
  • - bridging of the gap between the international and local levels;
  • - improvement of the relationship between civil society and local or national authorities;
  • - improvement of the relationship between civil society and the local United Nations presence.

Supported activities have included (this is a non-exhaustive list).
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Other links:

Plan of Action for the first phase 2005-2007 of the World Programme for Human Rights Education;

THE PLAN OF ACTION FOR 2005-2007 IN BRIEF, The World Programme for Human Rights Education (2005-ongoing), 6 pages pdf;

Revised draft plan of action for the first phase (2005-2007) of the World Programme for Human Rights Education, Note by the Secretary-General, 29 pages pdf;

OHCHR’s Database on Human Rights Education and Training;

Resource Collection on Human Rights Education and Training;

Measuring the Right to Education, Edited by Jean-Jacques Friboulet, Anatole Niaméogo, Valérie Liechti, Claude Dalbera and Patrice Meyer-Bisch. Translated by Joanna Bourke-Martignoni. UIL Studies series;

Centre for Democracy and Development, Westafrica;

Human Rights Commission New Zealand.

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