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Statement of Italy during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, at the 53rd session of the Human Rights Council

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The Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Vincenzo Grassi, took the floor today during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Farida Shaheed, in the framework of the 53rd session of the Human Rights Council.

The right to education is a key precondition for civil, cultural, social and economic growth of every country. It is essential for the personal development of each human being and for the full enjoyment of fundamental freedoms by every person”, Ambassador Grassi stated, highlighting that access to quality education must be inclusive and equitable.

In this regard, it was recalled that Italy’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan includes measures aimed at promoting equal educational opportunities, reducing regional disparities in terms of infrastructures and educational attainment, including through digital technologies.

Ambassador Grassi further reaffirmed the commitment that Italy made at the “UN Transforming Education Summit” last year, to promoting equal, inclusive and sustainable economic and social development through a transformation of education. Italy’s engagement and support to UNESCO’s initiatives, as well as its endorsement of the “Safe Schools Declaration” to protect students, school staff and educational facilities in times of war, were also mentioned.

Italy finally remembered that a key component of the right to education is the human rights education and that, as member of the Platform for Human Rights Education and Training, it is committed to advancing the human rights education agenda, at national and international level, in line with the Sustainable Development Goal nr. 4.

Read the full statement here.