BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE ORGANISATION
The UNESCO Chair of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki on Education for Human Rights, Democracy and Peace was founded in 1997, according to an Agreement signed between UNESCO and the Aristotle University. It is the first UNESCO Chair that was established in a University Institution in Greece.
The UNESCO Chair is related to the UNESCO Plan for the "Introduction of Education for Peace and Human Rights in Higher Education" (UNESCO, ED-91/Conf. 612/3 UNESCO 3rd Medium Plan 1991-95, para. 397, 25 C/4).
The purpose of the UNESCO Chair is, according to Article 2 of the Agreement, "to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation activities in the field of human rights, peace and democracy" at local, sub-regional and regional level. The activities of the UNESCO Chair promote the values of a culture of human rights, peace and non-violence within the university, as well as within primary and secondary schools, with the aim to sensitize teachers, students and citizens to these issues.