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2014


From 10-12 July 2014 the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Kishore Singh, addressed the 56th session of the Ministers of Education of the Francophonie (CONFEMEN), held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on “Inclusive Education of Quality for All in Francophonie: challenges, priorities and perspectives.”

On 7 July, the Special Rapporteur participated as a keynote speaker in the Day of Discussion organized at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, by the CEDAW Committee for initiating the process of elaboration of a General Recommendation on Women’s and Girl's Right to Education.

On 16 May, the Special Rapporteur gave a speech during the opening of the “Event on Global Citizenship Education: Enabling Conditions and Perspectives,” co-organised by the Education Sector, UNESCO and the Permanent Delegation of Austria to UNESCO, in partnership with the Permanent Delegations of Colombia, Kenya, Mongolia, and Republic of Korea at UNESCO, Paris.

On 14 May, the Special Rapporteur participated in the Briefing for Delegates on Post-2015 Development Agenda, organized by UNITAR in Geneva. As a panelist, he covered education which was followed by a dialogue with participating Delegates.

From 12-14 May the Special Rapporteur participated in the Global Education Meeting on “Education for All and the Post-2015 Development Agenda,” organized by UNESCO in cooperation with the Sultanate of Oman in Muscat. In his intervention during the Ministerial/leaders Session on 13 May, he highlighted main issues and challenges.

On 24 March, the Special Rapporteur addressed Electoral Group II of UNESCO on the education aspects of the post-2015 development agenda.

On 7 March, Mr. Singh participated in the “Post 2015 Development Agenda: Right to Education Perspective” conference sponsored by the International Relations Consulting Network and Lobbying NGO.


2013


On 3 December the Special Rapporteur participated in the Seminar organized by the University of Extremadura (Spain) in cooperation with the Government of Extremadura and the University College Henry Dunant, Geneva, and gave the opening address at introduction of the ‘ABDEM Tempus project’ which seeks to reform the Universities of Maghreb by introducing a rights-based approach. The Special Rapporteur highlighted the challenging tasks in giving effect to the right to education, and in promoting the rights-based approach in development. He also underlined the importance of human rights education and training within the framework of the Second Phase of the Plan of Action of the World Programme for Human Rights Education, focusing on teacher training and the role of universities.

From 25 to 30 November the Special Rapporteur attended the Regional Workshop on "Education for All in Africa" in Algiers, Algeria, hosted by the African Commission on Human & People’s Rights. The Special Rapporteur presented on the content and obligations of States under international law regarding the right to education, and made special mention of the need to maintain quality norms and standards while increasing access to all levels of education in line with “Education For All” goals.

On 7 November – UNESCO Education Commission of UNESCO General Conference in Paris during the debate on ‘Education beyond 2015’.  His address emphasized the importance of ensuring that education remains a public good, and that private education be carefully regulated to ensure the humanistic purpose of education is not lost.

From 14 to 21 October the Special Rapporteur visited the Seychelles.  During the visit, Mr. Singh met with various Government authorities, international organizations and NGOs, and visited schools and post-secondary institutions.  As a result of the visit, the expert will prepare a report that will be presented at the UN Human Rights Council in June 2014, providing recommendations on the enhancement of the education system. At the end of the visit Mr. Singh presented his preliminary findings through a press release and a statement emphasizing the importance of inclusive education. To read them, click here.

On 25 October, 2013, the Special Rapporteur was a guest speaker for the launch of the book: Ready to Learn: a legal resource for realizing the right to education” at the Open Society Foundations, New York. Published by the Legal Resource Centre, South Africa, this volume with a foreword by the Special Rapporteur focuses on the efforts of South African civil society to ensure a quality basic education in schools. In his address on this occasion, the Special Rapporteur underlined the importance of ensuring that the right to education was justiciable, and was effectively safeguarded.

On 28 October the Special Rapporteur presented his report to the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly. The report highlights recent developments with respect to the post-2015 development, and presents his views and recommendations on how to operationalize a rights-based approach to the education development goals.  To read the statement press here.

On 4 October the Special Rapporteur attended the launch of the “Unite for Quality Education - Better Education for A Better World Campaign” on the occasion of the World Teachers Day, celebrated by the Educational International’ along with many other NGO’s in New York. Inhis address, he emphasized the importance of developing norms and standards for teachers, and including a human rights based approach into standards and policies.

On 24 September, 2013, the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Mr. Kishore Singh, spoke at the event "Human Right to Education in the Post-2015 Development Agenda", hosted by the Global Campaign for Education, Open Society Foundations and 15 non-governmental organizations.  Mr. Singh emphasized the importance of taking a human-rights-based approach to education in the context of on-going discussions on the post-2015 development agenda, so that the focus is on right to quality education for all, and linking political commitments to the State obligations which would provide a firm basis for the national level implementation strategies, and investment in education as a development priority."  

On 18-19 September, 2013, the Special Rapporteur participated in the Ministerial Working Group of the Commonwealth Technical Meeting on the post-2015 development framework for education. Referring to the Mauritius communiqué, issued at the 18 Conference of the Commonwealth Ministers of Education, which reaffirmed the importance of education as a human right, Mr. Singh emphasized the need for a holistic framework - not just the instrumental role of education but also its humanistic mission – of the quality education. He also underlined the need for skill development by promoting technical and vocational education and training for responding to the rising aspirations of the youth.

On 21 August, 2013, the Special Rapporteur was a main speaker at the International Forum on the Millennium Development Goals in the field of education and preparation of corresponding development strategy after 2015, organized in Astana by the Ministry of Education and Science, Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The Forum was significant in building upon Kazakhstan’s MDG + Agenda.  Mr. Singh highlighted challenging tasks in the context of on-going discussions on Post-2015 Development Planning in order that education emerges as an overarching goal, invaluable for human development.

On 23 August, 2013, Mr. Singh was a guest speaker at the Launch of the International Decade for the Rappochement of Cultures (2013-2022) in Astana, Kazakhstan. In his address the Special Rapporteur stated that the proclamation of the Decade by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 67/104 is indeed historic for promoting respect for each other’s cultures, language, values, knowledge and mutual understanding of peoples. He emphasized that a humanistic mission of education was of paramount importance for harnessing education to promote common values shared by all humankind.

On 15 August the Special Rapporteur attended the Pan African Parliament and addressed a joint meeting of the Permanent Committee on Education, Culture, Tourism and Human Resources and Chairperson of the Permanent Committee on Justice and Human Rights.  His address urged parliamentarians to promote a human rights based approach to education in national legislation and policymaking, and to bring African voices to the post-2015 development agenda by expanding the right to free education to include secondary school and skills development.

On 15 August, 2013, the Special Rapporteur had an extensive dialogue with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), covering a wide range of issues for protection and promotion of the right to education, and the monitoring role for the SAHRC including government programmes for the implementation of the right to education.

On 1 July, the Special Rapporteur participated in the expert meeting Human rights and the financial crisis in focus, held in Vienna.  He highlighted the critical importance of State responsibility in ensuring that resources devoted to human rights, in particular the right to education are not diminished, as well as for putting in place a regulatory framework for non-state actors for ensuring that human rights are fully respected and education is preserved as a public good as part of state obligations.

From 27 to 28 June the Special Rapporteur attended the International Expert Conference: “Vienna+20: Advancing the Protection of Human Rights” in Vienna, Austria.  Through his participation in the “Working Group on Mainstreaming Human Rights: a human rights based approach to the post-2015 development agenda” Mr. Singh emphasized the importance of education as a foundational right which enables the realization of all other human rights, and in particular its crucial role in reducing poverty.  Touching on issues related to quality, skills development, elimination of discrimination, the address emphasized the importance of broadening the right to education beyond the current Millennium Development Goals on access to primary education and gender equality.

On 21-22 May, 2013, the Special Rapporteur participated in the 2nd Global Meeting of the International Group on the Right to Education, organized by the National Academy for Educational Research, Taipei, (Taiwan), and gave the opening address on the right to education and scenario of international initiatives and post-2015 education-related international development goals.

On 2 April, 2013, the Special Rapporteur participated in the International Academic Seminar on “Justice for Quality Education – Quality Education for Democracy,” organized in Sao Paulo (Brazil) by the São Paulo School of Judges and the Faculty of Law, University of São Paulo and other partners. In his speech during the opening session, Mr Singh addressed the main issues in the justiciability of the right to education. A publication: “Justice for the Quality of Education” was released on this occasion. The Special Rapporteur also gave closing address to the Seminar, which provided insights into the ways in which the justiciability of the right to education and its enforcement could be strengthened.

On 22-26 April 2013, the Special Rapporteur participated in the 12th session of the Working Group of Experts on People of African descent, in Geneva devoted to Recognition through Education and Cultural Rights. On this occasion, Mr Singh highlighted the need for the Promotion of equality and opportunity in education for People of African Descent.

On 12 March, the Special Rapporteur participated in a conference organized by Learning Without Frontiers, Permanent missions of Burkina Faso and Guinea, and the NGO Platform on the Right to Education focusing on Technical Vocational Education and Training. On 11 March, the Special Rapporteur participated as a keynote speaker at a side event organized by the NGO Platform on the Right to Education and the Permanent Mission of Mexico, on the theme of global citizenship, arising from the Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative. On this occasion, he underlined the significance of the Secretary General’s Initiative for giving priority to the right to education.

On March 3, 2013, the Special Rapporteur participated in a side-event organized at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, in the margin of the 23 session of the Human Rights Council by the Permanent Mission of Portugal and the NGO Platform on the Right to Education on “Justiciability of the Right to Education: Follow up to the 2013 Report of the Special Rapporteur.” On this, occasion, the participants deliberated over follow up measures, pursuant to the report presented to Human Rights Council by the Special Rapporteur.

On 1 March, the Special Rapporteur attended the High-Level Panel on Human Rights Mainstreaming, with the participation of the Secretary-General. The theme was on human rights and the post-2015 development agenda, with a particular focus on areas related to the right to education.  His statement is available here.

On 31 January, 2013, the Special Rapporteur participated in a meeting of the Working Group on “Education and Development” organized by Education and Development wing of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation the Agence Française de développement (French Agency for Development) for reflections on the post-2015 MDG agenda.

On 30 January, the Special Rapporteur participated as a panellist in the first Seminar on Human Rights Education and Morality, organized as part of a series of Seminars on Implementation of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training (December 2011) by the Research Centre on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Centre de recherche sur les droits de l’homme et le droit humanitaire), University of Paris II, with the support of the French National Commission for UNESCO.

On 15 January, 2013 the Special Rapporteur participated as keynote speaker at a seminar on “Justiciability as an Instrument for Enforcing the Right to Education”, organized by the Right to Education Forum in New Delhi. He elaborated judicial and quasi-judicial mechanisms at international, regional and national level, highlighting available experience and main issues in enforcing the right to education, followed by a dialogue with the participants.


2012

On 13-14 December, 2012, the Special Rapporteur participated in the Steering Committee Seminar of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) in Sevres (France), and had a dialogue with the Bureau of ADEA on key issues and international initiatives in the field of the right to education.

From 5-9 December 2012, the Special Rapporteur participated in the 55th session of the Conference of Ministers of Education of the Francophone countries – CONFEMEN – held in Ndjamena (Chad), and gave a speech on the diversification of offers in education and the right to education. Underlining the need for regulating the private providers of education, the Special Rapporteur also emphasized the importance of the right to education in the context of reflections on Post-2015 MDG agenda.

From 21-23 November, the Special Rapporteur participated in UNESCO’s First Global Education for All (EFA) meeting in Paris, which brought governments together to provide quality basic education to all children, youths and adults by 2015. On this occasion, he issued a statement considering stakes in the right to education in unfinished EFA agenda

From 13-15 November 2012, the Special Rapporteur participated in the World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha, Qatar. Over 10,000 participants from over 100 countries participated to the event. H.H. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser’s “Educate a Child initiative” was launched; this initiative aims to bring high quality learning to children affected by extreme poverty, conflict, natural disaster, prejudice or other barriers.

From 8-9 November, the Special Rapporteur participated in the Fifth Budapest Human Rights Forum, and served as a panellist on human rights education and training. He emphasized the challenging tasks in operationalizing the normative framework, with the focus on text books, teachers and school environments conducive to promoting human rights education, as well as greater awareness of human rights and justiciability so that they can be claimed in cases of their deprivation.

From 5-7 November, the Special Rapporteur participated in the International Seminar on Human Rights Approach in International Cooperation and Public Policies, organized jointly by the National University of Piura from Peru, and the University of Rioja, Spain, and was the main speaker in the Round Table: Human Rights and Development Cooperation. Underlining the key importance of the right to education, he emphasized its conceptual links with the right to development, and key elements with respect to international development cooperation.

On 26 September, the Special Rapporteur attended the High-level Launch of the UN Secretary General's Initiative on Global Education - Education First.

On 24 September, he gave a lecture at Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York on the 'Right to a Quality Education - Norms and Standards', which expanded on the role that norms and standards play  in promoting quality in national education systems.

On 21 September, he spoke at the launch of the publication “Protecting Education in Insecurity and Conflict: An International Law Handbook” by the international NGO Education Above All.

On 19 September, he gave a keynote address at a Seminar organized by the European Network of Ideas, organized in cooperation with the European People’s Party of the European Parliament in Brussels to address the importance of quality education in the context of lifelong learning in creating a prosperous and respectful society.

From 10 to 17 September the Special Rapporteur visited Ecuador.  During his visit, Mr. Singh held meetings with senior Government officials including the Ministers of Education, of Justice, of Culture and Sports, as well as representatives of the UN agencies, the donor community and non-governmental organizations.  As a result of the visit, the expert will prepare a report that will be presented at the UN Human Rights Council in June 2013, providing recommendations on the enhancement of the education system, which can be found here.

On 16 July, the Special Rapporteur met with a high level Delegation of the Ministry of Education of Thailand at the International Institute for Educational Planning in UNESCO, Paris. He briefed the Government delegation on topics such as teacher’s education, quality imperatives and normative action in the field of education. This was followed by a discussion on the education agenda beyond 2015 in Thailand (considering the country MDG+ commitments) and the country 15-year free education for all programme.

On 21 June, the Special Rapporteur participated as keynote speaker at a side event, organized by the International Organization for the Right to Education and Freedom of Education, dedicated to the subject of quality in education.

On 19 May, he gave a speech at a side-meeting on 'Beyond 2015: Perspectives from the role of TVET and skills development in the international development agenda', emphasizing the importance of skills development in the broader right to education agenda.

From April 30 to 9 May 2012 the Special Rapporteur visited Tunisia.  During the visit, Mr. Singh met with government agencies involved in the design and implementation of education policies, including various ministers in charge of this sector. He also met with members of civil society, development partners of Tunisia, as well as various other stakeholders.  As a result of the visit, the expert prepared a report that was presented at the UN Human Rights Council in June 2013, providing recommendations on the enhancement of the education system. At the end of the visit Mr. Singh presented his preliminary findings through a press release and a statement emphasizing the importance of inclusive education. To read them, click here.

From 29 to 30 May 2012, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Mr. Kishore Singh, delivered a keynote speech at the forth International Policy Dialogue Forum: Teacher Challenges for EFA in New Delhi - India.
Mr. Singh shared his experience and views in the field of the right to education and the permanent challenges of responding to quality imperatives in this regard. Please find the statement here.

The Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Mr. Kishore Singh, participated at the 3rd International Congress on Technical and Vocational Education (TVET) in Shanghai/China from 13-16 May 2012, where he delivered a statement and moderated a session on normative instruments for TVET.
Following this Congress, the Special Rapporteur gave a speech at a side-meeting on 'Beyond 2015: Perspectives from the role of TVET and skills development in the international development agenda'. Please find the statement here.

On 20 March, the Special Rapporteur participated as a panelist in a side event on the theme: "Right To Education Through Apprenticeship: A New Challenge?" The event was organized on the occasion of the 19th Human Rights Council by the Apprentissage sans Frontères (ASF), Geneva. In view of the importance of the apprenticeship as part of vocational education, the Special Rapporteur shed light on the work of various United Nations human rights treaty bodies in advancing the vocational education and training. 

On 10 March, the Special Rapporteur participated and gave a speech in a consultation on “Quality in Education‟, organized by the Right to Education (RTE) Forum at the India International Centre in New Delhi. On this occasion, he elaborated upon the right to quality education as a fundamental right in its various dimension, and main challenges in its realization. The RTE Forum is an informal alliance of Education Networks and Civil Society Organizations working towards progressive implementation of the right to education.

On 5 March, the Special Rapporteur participated in the Foundation Day Function of the National Commission for Protection of the Child Rights, India, and delivered the Foundation Lecture. He dwelt upon key issues in the context of the implementation of India’s Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (2009), and emphasized the importance of the international obligations for promoting and protecting rights of child and specially the need for doing away with marginalization exclusion so that every child without exception is enabled to enjoy the Right to Education. Commending Commission’s approach in moving away from welfare approach to rights-based perspective, he also underlined the significance of the work of the United Nations human rights treaty bodies, especially the Committee on the Rights of the child, in monitoring the implementation of the children’s right to education.

On 23 February, the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education participated in the inaugural session of the International Conference on International Law, organized in New Delhi by the Indian Society of International Law. The theme of the Conference was 'Emerging Concerns in International Law'. On this occasion, he gave the inaugural address, and highlighted the emerging concerns achieving the right to education in their interface with international law. He also referred to several United Nations declarations and resolutions relating to the right to education.


2011

On 19 December, UNICEF interviewed the Special rapporteur. The UNICEF podcasting on the right to education – which highlighted the progress made in 2011 and challenges ahead in the year 2012 – was widely disseminated by many civil society organizations. The Special Rapporteur stated that there is need for more innovative and equitable education systems around the world.

On 16 December, the Special Rapporteur participated in the Colloquium on the project for Indicators on parents’ participation in education systems, and quality education, organized in Madrid by the consortium of universities and the European institutions of civil society. In his presentation, he underlined the importance of State obligations for quality education under human rights law and the role and responsibility of parents with respect to the full realization of the right to quality education and children’s learning outcomes.

On 8 December, the Special Rapporteur made opening remarks at the exhibition of 100 selected Posters on the Right to Education at the musée d'Arts Décoratif, Paris, (and taking place in over 30 countries simultaneously) organized on the occasion of the Human Rights Day by the ‘Association 4 Tomorrow’ in cooperation with UNESCO and the Council of Europe. On this occasion, he emphasized the importance of literacy and the right to basic education in the context of Education for All agenda, and education related MDGs, and of greater awareness-raising and action by civil society organizations.

On 25 October, the Special Rapporteur made opening remarks at the parallel event organized by UNESCO on the release of “Global Digest on Secondary Education: The next Challenge”, and participated in expert panel. On this occasion, he underlined the importance of the secondary education as a continuum of primary education in a perspective beyond 2015 and of UNESCO’s leading role.

24 October, Presentation to the United Nations General Assembly
On 24 October, the Special Rapporteur presented his report to the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly. The report addresses State obligations under human rights law for providing resources for the realization of the right to education and securing sustainable investment in education. The report also provides an update on education in emergencies, pursuant to the General Assembly resolution 64/290. To read the statement press here.

03-05 October, Participation to the Social Forum of the Human Rights Council
Mr. Kishore Singh, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, participated in the Social Forum of the Human Rights Council, which focused on the Right to Development. In his presentation, Mr. Singh addressed the central relevance of the right to education in the promotion of the right to development. To read his presentation, click here. In the same occasion, Mr. Singh also participated to the side event entitled “Youth as a Resource for Sustainable Development” organized by the International Investment Centre where he underlined the obligations to invest in youth education. To read his presentation click here.

12-20 September, Mission to Kazakhstan
From 12 to 20 September, Mr. Kishore Singh visited Kazakhstan. During his visit, the Special Rapporteur met with various Government authorities, international organizations and NGOs, and visited schools and universities in Almaty and Astana. As a result of the visit, the expert will prepare a report that will be presented at the UN Human Rights Council in June 2012 providing recommendations on the enhancement of the education system. At the end of the visit Mr. Singh presented his preliminary findings through a press release and a statement emphasizing the importance of inclusive education. To read them, click here.

18 - 20 August, World Summit of Afro Descent, Ceiba, Honduras
Mr. Kishore Singh, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, participated in the first World Summit of Afro Descent, which took place in the Ceiba, Honduras, 18 to 20 August 2011. The Summit was organised in the context of the UN General Assembly resolution proclaiming 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent and the 10th anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action. Speaking at the panel on right to education and culture, Mr. Singh addressed the importance of the fundamental principles of non-discrimination and equality of opportunity in education, underlining the central role played by the right to education in the empowerment of Afro-descendants and in the achievement of MDGs. To read his presentation, click here.

06-07 July – Participation to the High Level Segment of the Annual Ministerial Review of ECOSOC
On 7 July, the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Kishore Singh, participated to the High Level Segment of the Annual Ministerial Review of ECOSOC. In his intervention he underlined the central role of right to education for accelerating progress towards MDGs. On this same date, Mr. Singh attended the Ministerial Roundtable “Young People and Social Media: Shaping the Future of Education” promoted by UNICEF and UNFPA. On 6 July, the Special Rapporteur participated in the ECOSOC Ministerial Roundtable “The Gender Dimension of Education in Post-Conflict Countries in Africa and LDCs”. The roundtable was promoted by the UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa, UNESCO and the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. On this same day, Mr. Singh also participated in the parallel event Right to education: key to the MDGs, promoted by the Permanent Mission of Uruguay and the NGO Platform on the Right to Education. To read his presentation, click here.

28 June – Conference “Respecting Cultural Diversities in Quality Education of Socially and Differently Disadvantaged Children – the situation of Roma” - Bratislava, Slovak Republic
On 28 June, the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Mr. Kishore Singh, made the key note presentation at the conference “Respecting Cultural Diversities in Quality Education of Socially and Differently Disadvantaged Children – the situation of Roma” held in Bratislava, Slovak Republic. Mr. Singh spoke about the importance of inclusive education of good quality.

27 June - Meeting “Tackling Violence in Schools” - Oslo, Norway
On 27 June, the Special Rapporteur participated to the meeting “Tackling Violence in Schools” in Oslo, Norway. The meeting was promoted by the Government of Norway, the Council of Europe and the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children. Mr. Singh spoke about the importance of respecting human rights in the daily functioning of schools to build a culture of peace.

31 May – Presentation to the Human Rights Council
On 31 May, the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Mr. Kishore Singh, presented his first reports for the Human Rights Council. His annual report was devoted to the importance of the principle of equality of opportunity in the realisation of the right to education. Mr. Singh also presented a report on his mission to Senegal. To read the statement press here. On 7 June, the Special Rapporteur participated in the side event to the Human Rights Council “Equality of opportunity in education: Special focus on children’s rights”. The event was co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Portugal and Uruguay. On the same day the Special Rapporteur participated in a meeting with non-governmental organizations working on right to education and another one with the NGO Working Group on human rights education.

23 May - Bice International Congress on the right to education of children estranged from their families and socially excluded in Paris, France
The Special Rapporteur participated to the opening day of the BICE International Congress on the right to education of children estranged from their families and socially excluded. In his presentation, Mr. Singh addressed the importance of “inclusive” education.

13-15 April Pan African Conference on Teachers in Lome, Togo
From 13 to 15 April, the Special Rapporteur participated to the Pan African Conference on Teachers also in Lome, Togo. The conference focused on a number of topics, including the professional development of teachers. To read his presentation click here.

12 April ECOSOC Regional Preparatory Meeting, Togo
On 12 April, the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Kishore Singh participated in the ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review Regional Preparatory Meeting for Africa in Lome, Togo. In his presentation he indicated how a human rights approach would strengthen efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. To read his presentation click here.

24 March ECOSOC Regional Preparatory Meeting, Chonburi, Thailand
On 24 March, the Special Rapporteur made a key note presentation on the right to education and MDGs at the ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) Regional Preparatory Meeting for Asia and the Pacific in Chomburi Thailand. To read his presentation click here.

22-24 March Tenth Meeting of the High Level Group on Education for All Jomtien, Thailand
On 22 and 24 March 2011, the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Mr. Kishore Singh, participated in Tenth Meeting of the High Level Group on Education for All in Jomtien, Thailand. During the occasion, Mr. Singh spoke about the importance of a human rights approach to reenergize the Education for All agenda.  To read his presentation click here.

08-10 February - Consultation on Access to cultural heritage - Geneva, Switzerland
The Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Mr. Kishore Singh, participated in the Consultation on Access to cultural heritage as a human right organized by the Independent Expert in the field of cultural rights from 8 to 10 February in Geneva. On 10 February, the Special Rapporteur also convened a meeting with non-governmental organizations active in the field of education. On the occasion, Mr. Singh presented his plans for the mandate and collected information for the preparation of his annual report

02-03 February - Eleventh Meeting of the Working Group on Education for All – Paris, France
The Special Rapporteur participated to the Eleventh Meeting of the Working Group on Education for All. In his presentation he spoke about the EFA agenda from a human rights perspective. Click here to read his presentation.

9-15 January – Mission to Senegal
Mr. Kishore Singh completed his first visit to Senegal from 9 to 15 January 2011. In his press release distributed at the end of his visit, Mr. Singh outlines preliminary impressions, recognizing advances in education enrollment and financing but calling attention to the need to improve quality. The Rapporteur also indicated he will continue to give priority attention to Africa in his future activities. 



2010

15 December - 50th anniversary of UNESCO’s Convention against Discrimination in Education
The Special Rapporteur participated in the commemorations of 50th anniversary of UNESCO’s Convention against Discrimination in Education.

10 December – University of Sao Paulo Human Rights Prize
The Special Rapporteur participated in the 11th USP Human Rights Prize Ceremony in São Paulo, Brazil, as a special guest, and made a statement on equality of opportunity and the right education. Click here to read his statement. On the same occasion, Mr. Singh had a dialogue with the State of Sao Paulo Education Board Click here to read his presentation to the board.

18 to 20 NovemberConference of Ministers of Education of French-speaking Countries
Mr. Singh participated in the 54th Ministerial Session of the Conference of Ministers of Education of French-speaking Countries (CONFEMEN) in Dakar, in November 2010. He made a statement at the closing session, addressing the importance of quality education. Click here to read his statement.

16 November – Symposium on quality and social cohesion
Mr Kishore Singh was a special guest at the symposium entitled "Qualité et cohésion sociale: Pluralisme et participation des parties prenantes" organized by OIDEL at the European Parliament in Brussels. Among other topics the meeting discussed the importance of participation of in education processes.

10 November -Participation at UNESCO seminar “Knowledge for Education”
The Special Rapporteur made a presentation on the right to education in UNESCO as part of the seminar series entitled "Knowledge for Education". In his presentation, he described the core content of the right to education and its centrality for both all human rights as well as development aspirations.

2 and 3 November 2010 - OIDEL and UNESCO Workshop on the right to education
The Special Rapporteur participated to a workshop on the right to education, education and on human rights education at the Collège Universitaire Henry Dunant in Geneva. The activity was promoted by OIDEL and UNESCO. Mr. Singh made a presentation on State obligations at national level regarding the right to education.

25 October – Presentation to the United Nations General Assembly Third Commitee
The Special Rapporteur presented his main priorities for his work as United Nations Special Rapporteur to the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly. In his participation Mr. Singh also presented the last report of his predecessor. To read his statement, click here.

15 and 16 October - European Parents Association
The Special Rapporteur made a presentation at the opening session of the 25th Congress of the European Parents Association in Barcelona, Spain. In his remarks the Rapporteur discussed the core obligations of States regarding to the right to education.

1st October – Human Rights Training Course at Ecole Nationale d’Administration
The Special Rapporteur gave a lecture on the right to education during the international training programme on the protection of human rights promoted by the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris, France.

21 and 22 September – MDG Review Summit and meeting on education in emergencies
During the High Level Summit on the MDGs, the Special Rapporteur participated in a High Level Round Table on "The central role of education and the MDGs". The event was promoted by UNICEF and UNESCO and attended by national and international authorities working on education. On the occasion he released a press release on the topic.

The Special Rapporteur also participated in a meeting on the follow up to the recent General Assembly resolution on education in emergencies promoted by the Permanent Mission of Qatar to the United Nations in New York.

16 September 2010 - Seminar on Innovative Financing for Education
The Special Rapporteur participated in the seminar "Innovative Financing for Education" at UNESCO headquarters. In the occasion, he made a presentation on Legal Framework for Financing Basic Education. Click here to read his intervention.

3 August 2010- Briefing to African Permanent Missions in Geneva
The Special Rapporteur paid a courtesy visit to the Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the UN Offices at Geneva, on the occasion of the meeting of the African Group at the UN, and in a brief dialogue, expressed his intension to give priority to Africa in the course of implementation of his mandate.