Meeting of UNESCO Chairs on Human Rights, Urban Inclusion and Migration, 21-22 June 2017, UNESCO Headquarters
The 2030 Agenda’s firm entrenchment in human rights and its vision of “leaving no one behind”, makes it imperative for UNESCO – from the perspective of all its fields of competence to carefully assess its role and position itself strategically within the framework of common efforts of the UN system. Within this context, the review of UNESCO’s Human Rights Strategy and its Integrated Strategy to Combat Racism, Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, both adopted in 2003, appears as particularly timely.


The Inclusion and Rights programme at UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector will be playing a central role in the pursuit of these crosscutting workstreams. With respect to the review of the strategies, it will support and coordinate Organization-wide efforts. In the case of collaborative work on human rights, urban inclusion and human mobility, the programme will promote synergies that fully recognize the interconnections amongst these topics as well as the importance of developing multidisciplinary responses that match the complexity of thechallenges ahead.

This report contains a brief overview of ideas and key action points that emerged during the meeting.