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        General Assembly
25 August 1997

Original: French

Official Records

Third Committee
45th meeting
held on
Wednesday, 20 November 1996
at 10 a.m.
New York


Chairman: Mrs. ESPINOSA (Mexico)




The meeting was called to order at 10 a.m.

AGENDA ITEM 110: HUMAN RIGHTS QUESTIONS (continued) (A/51/3 (Part I) and (Part II), A/51/81, A/51/87, A/51/90, A/51/114, A/51/208-S/1996/543, A/51/210, A/51/462-S/1996/831; A/C.3/51/9)


1. Ms. HADAR (Israel), speaking on agenda item 110 (b), said that Israel had begun to contribute to the implementation of the Plan of Action for the United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education and had been encouraged by the plans of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to initiate an Interregional Project for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence in schools.

2. The peace process between Israel and its neighbours had brought to the surface the difficulties and divisions to be overcome and the immediate need to better prepare the ground for the young generation to live in the new society which must be built. To that end, the Ministry of Education had developed programmes during the previous year aimed at strengthening the foundations of democracy by enhancing civil education and deepening the messages of equality before the law, protection of minority rights and freedom of speech.

3. Since democracy was centred on the sovereign right of the individual to shape his own destiny, in a rapidly changing world, education must ensure the dissemination of the universal values of human rights. To that end, a new programme focussing on the multicultural and pluralistic aspects of democratic societies had been developed to emphasize the legitimacy of disagreements and the importance of compromise. In addition to study programmes and discussion groups, youths would also be encouraged to collaborate with non-governmental organizations which were working for the protection of the rights of citizens, vulnerable groups and minorities. In order to develop better relations between neighbouring States, each citizen must first be taught tolerance and solidarity at home and then to apply it to others and to aliens abroad.

4. She thanked the Centre for Human Rights in Geneva for the assistance which it had promised for Israel's efforts to organize a regional workshop to train pre-school teachers in human rights education. It welcomed the initiative of the Swiss Government to establish working groups within the framework of the peace process aimed at promoting cooperation between the countries of the region in the field of human rights education and protection of the rights of the child and looked forward to the joint workshop to be held under the auspices of the Government of Tunisia.

5. The continuation of the peace process and the creation of an atmosphere of cooperation was vital for regional stability and progress. The various regional summits would enable all the countries of the region to tear down the walls of suspicion and work together for the benefit of all the peoples of the Middle East.

The meeting rose at 11.15 a.m.

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