The purpose of the Forum is “to provide a platform for promoting dialogue and cooperation on issues pertaining to the relationship between these areas” and to “identify and analyze best practices, challenges and opportunities for States in their efforts to secure respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law”.
Theme of the 2016 Forum
Resolution 28/14 decided that the theme of the first session of the Forum would be “Widening the Democratic Space: the role of youth in public decision-making”.
Dates and venue
The Forum will be held for the first time from 21-22 November 2016, in Room XVII at Palais des Nations in Geneva. The Forum will then be held every two years.
Participation in the 2016 Forum
Resolution 28/14 decided that the Forum would be “open to the participation of States, United Nations mechanisms, bodies and specialized agencies, funds and programmes, intergovernmental organizations, regional organizations and mechanisms in the field of human rights, national human rights institutions and other relevant national bodies, academics and experts and non-governmental organizations…”
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The deadline for registration is 16 November 2016 at 6pm, Geneva time.
The United Nations does not provide any funding to participate in the Forum. All travel-related expenses, accommodation and insurance are the responsibility of the participant.
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