Preamble section 8:
NOW, THEREFORE, THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, Proclaims this Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.


Professor J. Paul Martin
To what extent has human rights education and the use of the declaration as an educational instrument been a part or influenced the success of human rights?
Since the Universal Declaration was not intended to be a legally binding document, the drafters did not address it to member states or governments for implementation and codification. Instead, they by-passed states and governments and addressed it to “every individual and every organ of [every] society” as an educational tool to be employed in the worldwide movement for observance and implementation of human rights. (Morsink, 331)

Peter Danchin, Columbia University