WHAT IS THE CIPDH-UNESCO?
The International Center for the Promotion of Human Rights (CIPDH-UNESCO) was established in 2009, as the first UNESCO Category 2 Center in the world dedicated to promoting human rights. As a result of an agreement between UNESCO and the Argentine State, it functions in Buenos Aires as a decentralized entity within the scope of the Executive Power of the Nation, under the auspices and programmatic alignment of UNESCO.
The CIPDH-UNESCO manages its activity based on standards of excellence, according to the Thematic Axes defined, optimizing resources in order to satisfy the demands of the interested parties with the main objective of promoting the deepening of the democratic system, the consolidation of the human rights – civil, political, economic, social, cultural and emerging – and the prevalence of the values of life, freedom and human dignity.
In this sense, it proposes interventions framed in its vision and priority axes described on the basis of the evaluation of results achieved and goals of achievement in the medium and long term, and integrates the projected actions and strategies defined for their implementation as well as the concomitant evaluation modalities and ex post applicable.
As a result of a participatory construction, it guides the achievement of its own organizational objectives defined along with UNESCO’s strategies.
The new CIPDH Direction took office in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, under an unprecedented situation of isolation and remote work. In these circumstances, it has arranged its resources and capabilities in a creative and comprehensive way. The same happens with respect to internal and external lines of work, where communication between peers, cooperation alliances between actors and the adaptation of promotional actions originally planned for a face-to-face context are understood without considering risk prevention in critical contexts. However, the Center accepts the challenge of giving continuity for and deepening in its activities, focusing on the priority axes and paying special attention to working together in order to achieve the established goals with the commitment of all the organization’s members.
In the national and international context, the CIPDH-UNESCO also recognizes the turning point that the Covid-19 has exposed, manifested in deep inequalities and the lack of access to basic rights, which call us to increase efforts for action and raising awareness of the guidelines defined in the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In this sense, UNESCO’s medium-term plan 2014-2021 (37 C / 4) is inserted in this same logic under the emerging challenges as opportunities for improvement and action.
Along these lines, it stands out that inequality within societies shows an increasingly differentiated access to economic, political, social and cultural rights where the sectors in greater conditions of inequality, exclusion and discrimination are the most affected, with forms of social exclusion such as stigma and discrimination being reproduced. Thus, vast sectors of society have been impoverished and their vulnerability increased exponentially. This situation requires, on our part, to analyze and provide urgent solutions to overcome the worst economic and social crisis in recent times.
The Center contemplates the approach of the Sustainable Development Goals and the UNESCO strategy in the necessary implementation of specific policies related to aspects that can be implemented through conceptual learning. In this way, it seeks to coordinate actions to promote human rights and achieve awareness and education that lasts and is established in the next generations to consolidate sustainable development.
Likewise, learning is inscribed from a gender perspective, with a special focus on youth due to their implication as an engine for transformation.
- Promote and deepen the democratic system and distributive/equitable political-economic models
- Consolidate the full validity of Human Rights’ defense and unrestricted respect for human dignity in a context of sustainable and non-aggressive peace with the ecosystem
- Encourage regional and international cooperation in the consolidation of Human Rights’ promotion
- To be an international benchmark in the promotion of Human Rights through the interconnection of networks and the generation of synergies between various social actors
The CIPDH-UNESCO combines personality traits, values and attributes that allow their classification and relevance, taking into account all groups. Its character is defined as an essential trait that casts it as an entity that functions under innovative work schemes based on openness and accessibility from the development of various ways and modalities of participation.
In accordance with the above, inclusion is an important condition that is reflected in participation through institutional programs and activities, and the opening of internal instances of action of its personnel, aiming at the creation of monitoring mechanisms for each intervention such as requirement for institutional strengthening.
Likewise, as a basic characteristic of this administration, bearing in mind its history and prestige, the CIPDH-UNESCO will have as its fundamental objective to broaden its profile in terms of the fight against the exploitation of people in all its forms, and against all types of violence. It also understands that the enjoyment of human rights depends on the well-being that biodiversity brings us. In this sense, it will focus on fighting for the defense of the right to water and animal welfare, to maintain our full biological coexistence with nature.