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Intervention by Estonia at the UN Human Rights Council 35th Session under Item 3


UN Human Rights Council 35th Session



Intervention by ESTONIA



Item 3 – Clustered ID with SR on peaceful assembly and association and SR on the right to education


Geneva, 6 June 2017



Mr President,


Estonia aligns itself with the European Union statement.


Estonia would like to thank the Special Rapporteur on the freedom of assembly and association, Ms Annalisa Ciampi, for her presentation, and the previous Special Rapporteur, Mr Maina Kiai, for his work on fulfilling the mandate, including the latest report with an important focus on the ways in which civil societies improve all of our societies. We regret to note, along with the Special Rapporteur, the trend of narrowing space for civil society, including in the digital domain. We would like to ask the Special Rapporteur, what can the international community do to better ensure unimpeded access to and use of information and communication to guarantee the free functioning of the civil society?


Mr. President,


As the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 requires Members States under Goal 4 to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, we appreciate the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Dr. Boly Barry, raising also the important issue of the role of non-formal education. Non-formal education can be an important tool to provide the right to education for children, adolescents and adults – especially persons with disabilities, women and girls, and persons in vulnerable situations –, who are unable to access formal education systems. We believe that information and communication technologies can have a profound impact to bring about innovation in the formal and non-formal learning settings. In your report, you recommend Member States to integrate all aspects of lifelong learning into a single system – what measures should States adopt to foster the creation of a single system that would allow learners to move between formal and informal programmes?


Thank you.


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