The joint annual report of the International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights at the Local and Regional Levels under the auspices of UNESCO (Category 2 Centre) and the UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Human Security is now available online!
DDr. Renate Kicker, the Director of the Foundation for the Promotion of Human Rights at Local and Regional Levels, was honoured with the prestigious Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria (Großes Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um die Republik Österreich).
The new chapter of the Toolkit for Equality, Sports for Social Inclusion and Integration, brings together lessons learned from successful strategies in Bologna (Italy), Dortmund and Potsdam (Germany), Esch sur Alzette (Luxembourg), Graz (Austria), and Plovdiv (Bulgaria).
On May 25 2021, UNESCO Assistant Director for Social and Human Sciences Gabriela Ramos and Austrian Federal Minister for International and European Affairs Alexander Schallenberg visited the International Centre and the UNESCO Chair in Graz. The two guests took part in an exhibition opening at the ETC and participated in a moderated discussion with students from the University of Graz who focus on human rights in their studies. The debate touched on relevant human rights aspects in relation to COVID-19 and UNESCO’s human rights activities.
Photos by Markus Möstl
An event in the evening hosted by Mayor of Graz, Siegfried Nagl, marked the highlight of the visit. The aim was to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of Graz as Europe’s first Human Rights City and to officially inaugurate the International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights at the Local and Regional Levels under the auspices of UNESCO. The evening was dedicated to the Human Rights City of Graz, UNESCO and strengthening human rights at the international, national, and regional level. Finally, the celebrations reached their end with the closing speech of Hermann Schützenhöfer, the Governor of the Province of Styria.
A livestream of the event is available here:
The City of Graz, the Province of Styria and the International Chair and Centre were very happy to welcome Ms Ramos and Mr Schallenberg to Graz and to introduce them to the research, capacity-building, and teaching work which is conducted on a daily basis in order to strengthen human rights.
On 27 May 2021, the European Conference on Guaranteeing the Right to Education for All in European Cities will take place in a hybrid online format.