9 February 2024

The Abidjan Principles, adopted on 13 February 2019 following a three-year long consultative process involving a diverse range of stakeholders and constituents, will see their fifth anniversary marked on 13 February 2024 in an online interactive dialogue

Since their adoption, the Abidjan Principles have established themselves as an authoritative reference text on the right to education in the succeeding years. They have been recognised by multiple legal institutions and human rights bodies, including the United Nations Human Rights Council 2019, 2021 and 2023, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights’ General Comment 7, the United Nations Human Rights Council, and by Farida Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education.

The Abidjan Principles have had an immense impact since their adoption, yet given the global context of the massive expansion of private and for-profit education, they will have a significant role in shaping understanding and implementation of the right to free, quality and inclusive public education, and the regulation of private actors. 

Join us for a online, participatory webinar on 13 February in which a diverse group of education stakeholders including states, UNESCO representatives, scholars, and civil society organisations are welcoming all interested parties to join this event and reflect on where we are today with regards to realising the right to education. 

The event aims to raise awareness of the Abidjan Principles in the context of the increasing trend towards the privatisation of education, and to celebrate the achievements of the last five years. The event is envisioned as a collaborative space, fostering interactive conversations among stakeholders so that we may assess the journey since the inception of the Abidjan Principles and chart a course for the future.



Tuesday, 13 February 2024

Session duration: 1.5 hours



  • 14:30-16:00 UTC 
  • 15:30-17:00 CET 
  • 17:30-19:00 EAT
  • 20:00-21:30 IST
  • 9:30-11:00 EST 
  • 11:30-13:00 GMT-3



English with French and Spanish simultaneous interpretation 



Register here



  • Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona | Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

  • Joshua Castellino | Minority Rights Group International



  • Dr. Frank Adamson | California State University  

  • Solomon Derrso | African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

  • Sandy Fredman | Oxford University; Pembroke College

  • Dr. David Giband | Université de Perpignan

  • Dr. Priyadarshani Joshi | Global Education Monitoring Report

  • Mudford Zachariah Mwandenga | African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

  • Javier Palummo | Inter-American Commission on Human Rights 

  • Karuna Parajuli | International Commission of Jurists Nepal

  • Farida Shaheed | UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education

  • Johnstone Shishanya | East African Centre for Human Rights

  • Dr. Ann Skelton | University of Pretoria; UN Committee on the Rights of the Child; UNESCO

  • Dr. Prachi Srivastava | University of Western Ontario