01. Global Campus of Human Rights Annual Reports


Global Campus Annual Report 2023
Moving Towards a New Era for Human Rights


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    Global Campus of Human Rights. Annual Report 2023
    (Global Campus of Human Rights, 2024) Global Campus of Human Rights
    Our Annual Report for 2023 encapsulates our endeavours to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the 30th anniversary of the Vienna World Conference on Human Rights. It delineates the Global Campus' consistent trajectory in capacity-building and awareness-raising efforts concerning human rights and democracy worldwide. Our impact spans across various initiatives, including eight Master’s degrees, non-degree trainings, MOOCs, and a plethora of in-person and hybrid courses and events. Additionally, our online repository, policy briefs, and blog serve as vital channels for disseminating knowledge and education facilitated by our regional hubs. Recognizing the intensifying armed conflicts, humanitarian crises, and deficiencies in the rule of law and democracy globally, our outputs and initiatives are attuned to these pressing issues. Furthermore, we remain forward-thinking, having started to develop projects and initiatives tailored to address challenges posed by emerging technologies and the climate crisis. A significant highlight of 2023 was the accreditation and inauguration of a new regional hub coordinated by the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. This initiative, involving partner institutions across Central Asia, garnered acclaim from international entities and states within the global community. The program aims to bolster access to education and capacity-building in human rights and sustainability within the region, adopting a regional and interdisciplinary approach. With the establishment of this eighth regional hub, the Global Campus has significantly expanded its presence in Central Asia, complementing existing hubs in Europe, South East Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Caucasus, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Arab World. This expansion amplifies the reach and efficacy of our university network, propelling our mission of promoting human rights and democracy on a global scale.
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    Global Campus of Human Rights. Annual Report 2022
    (Global Campus of Human Rights, 2023) Global Campus of Human Rights
    Our Annual Report 2022 celebrates not only the achievements of the seven regional Global Campus Master’s programmes in human rights around the world but also the many other activities (research, professional training, advocacy, emergency support, awareness raising, …) we have developed at our HQ in Venice, in one of ‘our regions’ - Africa, Arab World, Asia-Pacific, Caucasus, Europe, Latin America-Caribbean, South East Europe - or virtually. The Report tells the story of how we organised a conference on mental health designed and led by children and adolescents; confronted human rights scepticism with a new podcast series; launched a training programme for young people to fight mis- and disinformation; supported Afghan human rights defenders; assisted Ukrainian and Myanmarese academics and students; empowered visual media professionals; trained human rights defenders, professionals and civil servants; offered niche MOOCs; and celebrated our incredible Alumni, one of which was murdered because of his activism. All these activities have served the purpose of making our human rights education not only top-notch but also transformational.
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    Global Campus of Human Rights. Annual Report 2021
    (Global Campus of Human Rights, 2022) Global Campus of Human Rights
    The Global Campus of Human Rights presents its 2021 Annual Report recording the main outcomes of 12 months of active collaboration in capacity building and promotion of human rights and democracy. During this challenging period, our regional hubs in Venice, Sarajevo, Pretoria, Bangkok, Yerevan, Buenos Aires and Beirut; our special project in East Timor; and our partner universities and stakeholders all over the world continued to deliver education with regional and interdisciplinary approaches, experiential learning, cross-cultural exchanges and networking opportunities. The Report provides insights on the achievements of the Global Campus’ hallmark seven regional Master’s programmes, their common activities and research outlets, and the continuation of their efforts to build capacity and raise awareness on human rights and democracy around the world. The Report also highlights the three innovative and very successful open access MOOCs offered during 2021; the specialised training courses with a focus on human rights defenders; the unique endeavours to foster the relationship between human rights and the arts; and the various activities devoted to the promotion children’s rights through education and research, including child-led activities in several regions of the world. These outcomes were possible thanks to the financial support of the European Union, Right Livelihood, and other donors, as well as the co-funding and unwavering commitment of our partner universities and the dedication shown by our staff at headquarters in Venice and at our regional hubs.
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    Global Campus of Human Rights. Annual Report 2020
    ( 2021) Global Campus of Human Rights
    The Global Campus of Human Rights takes great pleasure in presenting its inaugural Annual Report, sharing our results and achievements with partners, stakeholders and the general public in this format for the first time. This symbolic release coincides not only with the first full year of activities following the introduction of our statute in 2019 but unprecedented worldwide challenges due to COVID-19. Thanks to the resilience of staff and governing bodies in our Venice headquarters and regional hubs in Sarajevo, Pretoria, Bangkok, Yerevan, Buenos Aires and Beirut, our special project in East Timor, and our partner universities around the world, the Global Campus adapted well. We achieved our main goals for 2019/2020 with regional approaches, interdisciplinary insights, innovative thinking, cross-cultural exchanges and network opportunities, adding almost 200 graduates to the 4,000-plus worldwide alumni community. Aside from our seven hallmark regional Master’s programmes, highlights included exciting new projects to promote children’s rights through education and research; launching the Human Rights Preparedness forum; and ongoing activities to build capacity and raise awareness of human rights and democracy around the world. We reached more than 4,000 participants through open access MOOCs; hundreds of state officials and practitioners undertook our specialised training courses; and we continued to offer unique learning and exchange opportunities fostering the relationship between human rights and the arts. This Annual Report invited contributions by prominent figures from international agencies, politics, philanthropy, and the arts, all committed to the promotion and protection of human rights. We are especially grateful for the collaboration of Michelle Bachelet, Eamon Gilmore, Jutta Urpilainen, Michael O’Flaherty, Ole von Uexküll, Vandana Shiva, Julian Fifer and Koen Vanmechelen. None of these efforts would be possible without European Union financial support, our partnership with the Right Livelihood Foundation and many other donors to our headquarters and seven regional hubs. What brings the Global Campus to life is the dedication of the co-founding, co-ordinating and partner universities, and staff in Venice and around the world.