The International Center for the Promotion of Human Rights (CIPDH-UNESCO) was established in 2009 as the first UNESCO in the world aimed at the promotion of human rights. The result of an agreement between UNESCO and the Argentine State, it operates in Buenos Aires as a decentralized body within the scope of the national executive branch, under the auspices and programmatic alignment of UNESCO.

Its main purpose is to promote at an international level the prevalence of the values of life, freedom and human dignity, as an essential condition for the validity of human rights and the understanding among societies. In particular, it promotes cooperation among state, social and academic agents for the promotion and protection of human rights through technical assistance, knowledge exchange, training, research, the systematization of information, awareness-raising and dissemination activities.

The CIPDH-UNESCO undertakes a complementary role to that of the States and social organizations to carry out an equality and non-discrimination agenda based on gender equality, diversity and interculturality. To this aim, it resorts to the educational potential of cultural heritage as a relevant element in societies’ processes of identity- and memory- building. Additionally, the CIPDH-UNESCO upholds human rights education as a suitable means to promote access to rights, autonomy and the capacity of collective action of excluded groups. In line with UNESCO’s target groups, the CIPDH-UNESCO gives special attention to young people as agents of social transformation in the medium and long term.

To carry out its work agenda, the CIPDH-UNESCO creates broad alliances and develops actions with state, social and academic institutions, both national and international, in order to strengthen social and public institutionality and make it more inclusive and plural, promoting long-term social, political and institutional change.



To promote at the international level the prevalence of the values of life, freedom and human dignity, as a necessary condition for the validity of human rights and the understanding among societies.

Our work is based on the principles of equality and non-discrimination, from a gender equality, diversity and intercultural perspective. We consider cultural heritage an important element for nations to build their identity and preserve their memory. We believe that education on human rights is crucial for fostering a culture of democratic coexistence and for the exercise of rights.


To establish ourselves as an internationally-recognized center for the promotion of human rights, through cooperation with state, social and academic agents that inspire and promote strategic and complementary initiatives on human rights worldwide.


Our work is guided by the following values:

  • Cooperation
  • Commitment
  • Independence
  • Autonomy
  • Equality
  • Accountability
  • Transparency
  • Credibility
  • Participation
  • Innovation



The CIPDH-UNESCO cooperates with national and international institutions on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), in accordance with UNESCO’s guidelines on this respect. The SDGs are critical for promoting development strategies that contribute to the fulfillment of human rights.

In particular, the CIPDH-UNESCO focuses on the SDGs regarding the strengthening of public and social institutionality in human rights and the principles of equality and non-discrimination. To that aim, it offers technical assistance and promotes learning from local, national, regional and international experiences. It also fosters and participates in global networks and partnerships that contribute to creating and/or strengthening institutional capacities in human rights. In all its areas, initiatives, mechanisms and relationships, it emphasizes horizontal forms of cooperation.


The CIPDH-UNESCO develops applied research aimed at promoting the exchange of knowledge and raising awareness of successful practices for the promotion of human rights at the local, national, regional and international levels. To this aim, it produces publications, tools, catalogs, databases and/or information systems of value to public administration and social activism.

In addition, it promotes spaces and mechanisms for articulation, dialogue and exchange of information and experiences regarding its priority thematic areas.

It also carries out training activities aimed at increasing and integrating the knowledge of several parties, in its areas of expertise.


The CIPDH-UNESCO develops and promotes channels, platforms and communication and information tools such as its website, social networks, online and printed documentation, audiovisuals, campaigns, exhibitions and events related to the projects and activities it develops. In addition, it uses information and communication technologies for the promotion of rights.