A message from the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, Dr Vernon Munoz, was conveyed to the attendees. He expressed the view, in part, that:
The creation of this Centre … reflects a pressing need to rethink deeply and critically the true aims of a quality education, educational processes and learning environments at all levels. It offers promise for stimulating and supporting international, regional and domestic initiatives towards a universal culture of human rights, and more specifically, of human rights within education. It offers, in short, real promise of social transformation. I greatly welcome this initiative and look forward to cooperating with the Centre and contributing to its future work.