A 1997 US national survey of adults and high school students found that only 8 percent of the adults and 4 percent of young people were aware of the [Universal Declaration of Human Rights].
Human rights education and information aimed at creating a universal culture of human rights is an essential element in a long-term strategy to improve respect for human rights. This was recognized by the World Conference on Human Rights. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights attaches special importance to that part of his mandate which gives him responsibility for the coordination of relevant UN education and public information programmes in the field of human rights.
At the end of 1994, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies started providing information and education to selected target groups in order to raise awareness of and respect for basic human rights.