We are happy to announce that the new Annual Report 2019 of the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (ETC Graz) is now online! To see how the ETC and the International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights at the Local and Regional Levels are connected, see our page on Structure and organisation.
From the perspective of the ETC’s Board, 2019 was perhaps the most thrilling working year in our organisation’s 20-year history. In the last annual report, we gave an account of the ETC’s new orientation as UNESCO Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights at the Local Level, which was unilaterally decided by the UNESCO General Assembly in late 2017. Although the founding activities for the Centre characterised the year 2018, the legal act of founding was delayed by almost a year to October 2019. As a result, the work programme could not be ratified and the budget already provided could not be used. Due to this situation, the Board as well as the team were faced with serious economic challenges. Thanks to drastic measures, the unbelievable loyalty of employees and the generous support of friends, service providers, the City of Graz and the Province of Styria, the ETC was not only able to survive but could also showcase an impressive range of outputs.
The work programme for 2020 already mirrors the high degree of continuity which is aspired by the International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights at the Local and Regional Levels. We, together with the UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Human Security, put all our efforts under the motto:
- Moderating exchange
- Facilitating implementation
- Building bridges between the international and the local
We are looking forward to a productive year 2020!