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Dr Shaheed was elected the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education on 1 August 2022. She was the inaugural UN Independent Expert and then Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights from 2009 to 2015.

Dr Shaheed has contributed to ongoing projects of the UNESCO Chair concerning Women and Girls and Cultural Heritage.

We congratulate Dr Shaheed on her appointment and thank her for her ongoing commitment to human rights globally, especially as they relate to culture.

UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.

The UNESCO Chair and UTS supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart and its implementation in full.

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