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UN member states urged to incorporate right to education in humanitarian aid

07-15-2010 13:45 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Food, water and shelters are necessary in humanitarian assistance, but do not miss one crucial point: make utmost efforts to support affected populations, children in particular, in natural disasters and armed conflicts in realizing their right to education, and such efforts should be incorporated into the list of humanitarian response, UN members states are told here on Wednesday.

This was contained in a draft resolution, entitled "The right of education in emergency situations," which was presented to the UN General Assembly by Benin, Bosnia, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Jordan, Nicaragua, Portugal and Qatar. The draft resolution will be surely adopted by the 192-member General Assembly.

The draft resolution called on member states to "implement strategies and policies to ensure and support the realization of the right to education as an integral element of humanitarian assistance and humanitarian response, to the maximum of their available resources."

The draft also requested members states "to ensure that the best possible systems of education are in place, including through the allocation of sufficient resources, the appropriate adaption of curricula and training of teachers, the implementation of risk assessments, disaster preparedness programs in schools, the legal framework for protection, and health and basic social services, so as to withstand emergencies."

The emergency situations are usually characterized by natural disasters and armed conflicts.

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