61st Annual DPI/NGO Conference
UNESCO
Paris, 3 - 5 Septembre 2008

Live Webcast

September 2008

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Friday, 5 September 2008

10:00 - 11:15 - Round Table 4: Human Rights Education and Learning as a Way of Life

"Now, therefore, the General Assembly proclaims this Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms?" (Preamble, Universal Declaration of Human Rights).

[ Segment - English Video ] [ Segment - French Video ] 1 hour and 22 minutes

[ Press release in English ] [ Press release in French ]

In light of the upcoming International Year of Human Rights Learning, to be launched on 10 December 2008 and as a complement to the World Programme for Human Rights Education (2005-2009), this round-table will focus on advancing education, learning and dialogue, about human rights as a way of life in all sectors of society. Discussion will also focus on highlighting the contribution of human rights education, peace education, and learning at the community level as a means of enhancing the participation of women and men in decisions that determine their lives. The panelists will also explore how the UDHR can be used as a moral and political framework for learning, critical thinking, and systemic analysis in order to foster positive actions. They will discuss practical measures to integrate human rights education and learning into programmes and activities of governments, civil society, media and the Internet, faith-based organizations, academia and the private sector, with a view to developing a learning process at the community level worldwide.

Moderator:

Michel Forst, Secretary General, Commission Nationale Consultative des Droits de l’Homme de la République Française

[ English ] [ French ] 6 minutes


Speakers:

Ingrid Srinath, Secretary General, CIVICUS, World Alliance for Citizen Participation

[ English ] [ French ] 2 minutes

Tilder Kumichi, Programme Coordinator, Global Education and Environmental Developmental Foundation

[ English ] [ French ] 2 minutes

Saskia Law, Trainer and Consultant in Human Rights Education, Intercultural Education

[ English ] [ French ] 2 minutes


Additional comments, questions from the floor and wrap-up:


[ English ] [ French ] 1 hour and 10 minutes

10:00 - 11:15 - Round Table 5: Addressing Gross Human Rights Violations: Prevention and Accountability

"Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized. (Art. 28, Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

[ Segment - English Video ] [ Segment - French Video ] 1 hour and 36 minutes

[ Press release in English ] [ Press release in French ]

Gross human rights violations including genocide, ethnic cleansing, torture, mass killings, sexual violence, and disappearances, continue to occur around the world. This round-table will discuss the role of humanitarian law and transitional justice mechanisms that have been developed to strengthen the international community's ability to address such atrocities, as well as ways in which civil society can contribute to prevention, early warning, accountability and reconciliation. The panelists will address the principle of Responsibility to Protect, as well as other approaches to fight against impunity, address past abuses, bring perpetrators to justice, and promote the development of victim centered approaches, including the right to reparations.

Moderator:

Fatou Bensouda, Deputy Prosecutor, International Criminal Court

[ English ] [ French ] 10 minutes


Speakers:

Jan Eliasson, former UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Darfur

[ English ] [ French ] 11 minutes

William Pace, Executive Director, World Federalist Movement and Convener of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court

[ English ] [ French ] 13 minutes


Additional comments, questions from the floor and wrap-up:


[ English ] [ French ] 57 minutes

15:00 - 18:00 - Closing session

Part 1: [ Segment - English Video ] [ Segment - French Video ] 42 minutes - Report back and follow up
Part 2: [ Segment - English Video ] [ Segment - French Video ] 1 hour and 3 minutes - Reflexions and observations
Part 3: [ Segment - English Video ] [ Segment - French Video ] 1 hour and 3 minutes - Closing

[ Press release of the press conference in English ]
[ Press release of the press conference in French ]



Report back and follow up

Moderator:

Mr. Eric Falt, Director, Outreach Division, United Nations Department of Public Information

[ English ] [ French ] 5 minutes


Speakers:

Jeffery Huffines, Chair, NGO/DPI Executive Committee

[ English ] [ French ] 10 minutes

Liberato Bautista, President, Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations

[ English ] [ French ] 12 minutes

Bernard Loing, President, UNESCO Liaison Committee

[ English ] [ French ] 10 minutes
[ French ]



Reflexions and observations

Moderator:

François Zimeray, Ambassador for Human Rights of France


Speakers:

Robert Arsenault, President, International League for Human Rights

Souhayr Belhassen, President, International Federation for Human Rights

Marek Halter, Author and Human Rights Activist

Geneviève Garrigos, President, Amnesty International France



Closing

Moderator:

Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, United Nations

[ English ] [ French ] 7 minutes
[ French / English ]


Keynote remarks:

Stéphane Hessel, Ambassador of France

[ English ] [ French ] 11 minutes

Ingrid Betancourt, former Senator of Colombia (live video-cast)

[ English ] [ French ] 25 minutes


NGO Closing remarks:

Shamina de Gonzaga, Chair of the 61st Annual DPI/NGO Conference

[ English ] [ French ] 14 minutes

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