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Collaboration with the United Nations System

The Human Rights Centre has undertaken several cooperation activities with specific bodies and agencies of the United Nations System.


In 1999, the Centre signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The Memorandum provides for cooperation to promote education and research in the field of human rights and democratisation and to provide research and training facilities and programmes in support of the work of UNESCO. It also aims to develop training and cooperation with UNESCO Chairs in Human Rights Democracy, Peace and Tolerance, to establish a Roster of graduate students of the Master's Programme, to establish close contacts with the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica and the United Nations University, to cooperate in the preparation, translation and dissemination of teaching aids and educational materials aimed at the promotion of knowledge on human rights, and the basic principles and values of democracy.

In the framework of this memorandum the two institutions have established the UNESCO Chair in Human Rights, Democracy and Peace of the University of Padua, held by Prof. Antonio Papisca.

Visit the specific section of the website dedicated to the UNESCO Chair and its activities


High Commissioner for Human Rights and Human Rights Council

In 1999, the Human Rights Centre signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The Memorandum provides for cooperation in the following areas: education and research, training, establishment of a Roster and internship programmes.

In 2009, a platform now composed by seven members of the Human Rights Council (Italy, Costa Rica, France, Philippines, Morocco, Senegal, Slovenia, and Switzerland) was established in order to support the efforts of the Council's Advisory Committee for drafting and promoting the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training.

In this framework, Prof. Papisca and Prof. Mascia from the Human Rights Centre of the University of Padova, participated to an International Seminar held in Marrakech on 16 and 17 July 2009, organised on initiative of the Moroccan Ministry of Justice and the UN Human Rights Council, which saw a large participation of experts, state and international organisations representatives.

Read about the seminar in Marrakech