In June this year, the OHCHR Forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law invited the Foundation for Law and International Affairs (FLIA) and the Coalition for Peace and Ethics (CPE) 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”.
After reaching out to all interested parties, FLIA and the CPE made a joint submission to the Forum (available here) where they advocated for the importance of education as a precondition for an effective participation of young persons in political processes.
On September 20, 2016, the Provisional Agenda of the Forum was issued by the Human Rights Council. The Provisional Agenda includes four topics, and education is listed as the first one of them. In fact, only through education can the youth be empowered, and be able to enjoy opportunities available in an enabling environment for political participation.
A precondition for the effective participation of youth is their capacity and resources to exercise it. In the discussions, participants will consider the importance of education, training, capacity-building and empowerment programmes for youth on human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law as a precondition for their effective engagement
Registration to the Forum is now open. The deadline for registration is on November 16, at 6 PM, Geneva time. All interested parties can access the registration page here.