16 November 2023
On 16 October, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) published its concluding observations on France, concerning its five periodic reports. As part of its assessment of France’s compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, social and cultural rights and related obligations, CESCR considered the right to higher education.CESCR raises concerns about territorial... Read more
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16 November 2023
On 11 October 2023, the Africa Group at the United Nations tabled a proposal calling for a comprehensive UN tax convention. Now, over 200 organisations and trade unions, among them RTE, have sent a letter to governments calling for the adoption of the Africa Group’s resolution, and stressing that this issue should be treated as a matter of highest priority and urgency. To the kind attention of:... Read more
2 November 2023
In a joint statement, RTE joins 31 global civil society organisations to condemn the deeply concerning finding that World Bank Group executives covered up child sexual abuse in connection with IFC's investment in Kenya's Bridge International Academies.   The undersigned organizations are gravely concerned about the recent media report of child sexual abuse at Bridge International Academies in... Read more
31 October 2023
On 20 July 2023, the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Global Advocacy Group - an informal group of organisations working to advance ECCE rights - hosted a meeting with international experts to discuss the key components of early childhood care and education rights and the areas of ECCE that require a stronger footing in the international human rights framework. The meeting brought... Read more
18 October 2023
Salima Namusobya, the Senior Regional Director for Africa at the Centre for Reproductive Rights, and Ignacio Saiz, an international advocate for economic and social rights, have joined the executive board of the Right to Education Initiative (RTE).Namusobya and Saiz bring world-leading legal and policy expertise on the right to education, in addition to decades of experience in the wider context... Read more
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16 October 2023
School meals play a critical role in children’s lives. They are an essential intervention in development and humanitarian contexts, proven to have long-lasting impacts across multiple Sustainable Development Goals and sectors, including food security, nutrition and health, education, water and sanitation, child protection, gender equality, and prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse. They are... Read more
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2 October 2023
Joint civil society organisation statement in response to Report on Investment for development - The UK’s Strategy towards Development Finance InitiativesThe recent report by the International Development Committee (IDC) of the UK House of Commons, entitled ‘Investment for development - The UK’s Strategy towards Development Finance Initiatives,’ raises major concerns about the UK’s investments as... Read more
19 September 2023
In August, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) launched General Comment No. 26 (2023) on children’s rights and the environment, which focuses particularly on climate change. This General Comment is a landmark text which recognises children’s right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment as part of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while considering the... Read more
30 August 2023
In April 2023, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Felipe Gonzalez Morales, published report A/HRC/53/26 entitled ‘How to expand and diversify regularization mechanisms and programmes to enhance the protection of the human rights of migrants'. This report was presented to the Human Rights Council during the 53rd Ordinary Session, which took place in Geneva between 19 June... Read more
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11 August 2023
On 26 July 2023, the latest edition of the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, entitled ‘Technology in education: a tool on whose terms?’ was launched in Montevideo, Uruguay. Each edition of the prestigious GEM Report features a series of background papers commissioned by the organisation, which cover different aspects of the topic in question. RTE produced a background paper... Read more