19 July 2021

Public statement, 16 July 2021 

On July 16 2021, Right to Education Initiative and 24 civil society organisation partners co-signed a public statement welcoming the Human Rights Council’s resolution on the right to education. The resolution was adopted by consensus on Monday July 12 2021, sponsored by 54 States. Through this resolution, the Human Rights Council reaffirms its recognition of the Abidjan Principles on the right to education and urges States to act against commercialisation of education, requesting the UN to work with the Global Partnership for Education to implement it. 

This resolution is the second to be adopted by the Human Rights Council which recognises the Abidjan Principles, after a previous resolution in 2019. It adds to the similar recognition by all major global and regional human rights institutions and mandate-holders working on the right to education.

Crucially, the 2021 resolution of the Human Rights Council also encourages “the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to collaborate with relevant United Nations agencies, including UNESCO, the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), and civil society organizations to provide technical support to States to realize the right to education in the COVID-19 and post-COVID context”.

Read the full statement in English, French and Spanish.


  1. ActionAid International

  1. Alliance Globale pour l’Education et de Développement - Niger

  1. Amnesty International

  1. Brazilian Campaign for the Right to Education

  1. Center for African Studies of the University of Porto 

  1. Centre de Recherche et d’Action pour le Developpement (CRAD), Haiti 

  1. Civil Association for Equality and Justice (ACIJ)

  1. CONAMEPT coalition de Madagascar 

  1. East African Centre for Human Rights 

  1. Education For All Sierra Leone Coalition (EFA-SL)

  1. Global Campaign for Education - US

  1. Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

  1. Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER)

  1. Mouvement Ivoirien des Droits humains (MIDH)

  1. National Coalition for Education (NCE), India

  1. OMEP - Organisation Mondiale pour l'Éducation Préscolaire /World Organization for Early Childhood Education 

  1. Organisation pour la Démocratie, le Développement Economique et Social

  1. Oxfam India

  1. Oxfam International

  1. Peoples Alliances in Central East (PACE) - India

  1. Regroupement Education Pour Toutes et pour Tous (REPT), Haiti 

  1. Right to Education Forum (RTE Forum) - India

  1. Right to Education Initiative

  1. Solidarité Laïque  

  1. Syndicat National des Agents de la Formation et de l’Education du Niger