on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training, the EU reiterates its strong commitment to advancing human rights education and training agenda regionally and internationally through a human rights-based approach which places the principles of non-discrimination and countering inequalities at the center of all action in order to build inclusive, resilient, tolerant and non-violent societies.
Education is an important part of the EU's Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2020-2024 with an aim to curb inequalities by combating poverty and social exclusion, and to promote non-discriminatory access to social services, including inclusive and equitable education, and build practitioners’ capacity to respond to the specific needs of all persons in vulnerable situations with no exception of any kind. Through such education, we prevent and respond to all forms of discrimination including on grounds of sex, race, ethnic or social origin, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, disability, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity. We pay particular attention to the opportunities and challenges of online education and distance learning and pay close attention to adoption of gender responsive approach to address the digital gender divide and further empower women.
Throughout the four cycles of implementation of the World Programme for Human Rights Education and Training, the EU has been encouraging and supporting all relevant stakeholders, including civil society, to promote and conduct human rights education and training. The Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument – Global Europe (NDICI) programme for human rights and democracy, which is de facto the heir of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), is designed to contribute to achieving this objective.
Last week, the EU has commemorated the 2021 International Democracy Week by announcing additional support to democracy and human rights around the world. Allow me to mention one of our flagship projects, The Global Campus of Human Rights, a unique network of 100 universities, created by to advance regional and global cooperation in human rights education through seven regional master's programmes. €4.9 million will be devoted to the academic year 2021-2022.
Finally, let me reiterate our strong support for the focus of the current 4th phase of the World Programme for Human Rights Education and Training on youth. Young people play a key role in shaping our future, which is why year 2022 will mark the Year of European Youth, a year dedicated to empowering those who have dedicated so much to others, including through their role as young human rights educators and trainers.
Allow me to thank the high-level panelists for their presentations and valuable insights and invite them to share with us their views on how young human rights educators can best utilize new and emerging digital technologies in their work.