Call for Consultation: “Widening the Democratic Space: The Role of Youth in Public Decision Making”

The Secretariat of the OHCHR Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law has invited the Foundation for Law and International Affairs (FLIA) to identify possible topics for discussion at the Forum’s inaugural session on “Widening the Democratic Space: The Role of Youth in Public Decision Making”. The Forum will be held in Geneva, at the Palais des Nations, on November 21 and 22, 2016.  

The Secretariat wishes to ensure a strong youth participation in the Forum, and that young people’s voices are heard and taken into duly consideration at all stages of the preparations for the Forum, including with regard to the identification of possible topics to be discussed during the meeting. 

FLIA is therefore helping the Secretariat reach out to all interested parties to make the Secretariat’s call for inputs an effective and inclusive exercize. Two of the possible broader themes that have thus far been identified are: 


1. the role of training in youth’s effective political engagement; 
2. The role of youth in politics 


Please send your suggestions about the topics you would like to see discussed at the Forum by June 30 to contact@flia.org or to me. Suggestions should be of maximum one page in length. FLIA will compile all suggestions and forward each one of them to the Forum’s Secretariat. Our submission will be published on the OHCHR website in due course. 

The Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law was established by Human Rights Council Resolution 28/14 of 9 April 2015, and targets academics, non governmental organizations and experts. The Forum has the goal to “provide a platform for promoting dialogue and cooperation on issues pertaining to the relationship between” human rights, democracy, and the rule of law as well as to identify best practices, challenges and opportunities for states seeking some framework for engaging in the securing of the ideals of human rights, democracy and rule of law. 

The Foundation for Law and International Affairs (FLIA) is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization mandated to promote academic and public discourse at the intersection of law and international affairs. The core vision of FLIA is to promote international cooperation and public dialogue through the development of new ideas and collaboration with various academic, governmental and civil actors.

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